Here’s my concept for a writing course that would work super-well for angry little homeschoolers! Like GZ sometimes is when he’s disrespected… and frankly, being three-ish feet tall and super-cute, he gets disrespected a lot; Naomi snickers at just about every thing he says, and he takes it VERY personally.
The thing is, he’s a kid who really doesn’t like writing, though he will resort to it at times when he has something super-important and official to say. Like when he got angry at us this morning and decided to punish us by selling everything important, starting with his GZ Cape (being in Canada, this is pronounced “jee-zed,” in case you’re curious). And he used colons when he made the list! I don’t know if he’s ever used these before.
(the other items he sold – in his dreams: schoolie [our schoolwork together], family, Naomi)
He used more colons in a short letter (above) he wrote to tell Naomi Rivka exactly how he felt about her. They’re allowed one envelope a day (I had to cap it or we would have deforested the continent just with the kids’ daily envelope consumption!), and he used up today’s for an important message affectionately addressed, “dear vomit.”
Is it weird that I am mainly just proud that his handwriting has come along so nicely???
So what do you think; forget Writing With Ease… I should harness this anger somehow and make this work as a writing course for sensitive kids! Like, “today, we will learn about salutations – ‘dear vomit’ – and the proper use of the colon: after every precious item you want to sell to show just how mad you are. Now write a list!”
Or maybe not. Calling your sister “vomit” probably isn’t the sort of thing most parents want to encourage…
That kid is brilliant and hilarious!! :) How old is he again? (He really does have nice handwriting!)ReplyDelete
Five and three quarters. (in Hebrew, reva-l'sheish?) ;-)ReplyDelete
You may be on to something! When my youngest was learning to write, she used to leave notes on her brother's door to let him know how upset she was with him. She would ask her big sister or me how to spell certain words (like "broken heart"). Her writing really began to improve at that point, so who was I to stop her? :o)ReplyDelete
Peace and Laughter!
My kids write...loving notes sometimes, too. Hey, it's writing practice, right?ReplyDelete
I thought "Dear Vomit" was hilarious! I count stuff like that as writing practice too :-)ReplyDelete