My son insists on writing. (happy dance)
We are still just doing the basic two exercises. Free Writing for 5 minutes and 5 minutes on a descriptive paragraph. After next week, I hope to explore other writing exercises and explore some options for a fun essay. The writing exercises need to be fun as I need to keep his enthusiasm. We will do the free-write each day and the descriptive paragraph at least twice a week.
I need to improve on my descriptive paragraphs I think. I'm not sure if I'm just not fully into my writing mode yet or if I just can't grasp the descriptive part of it. But I feel like I'm just talking about the subject and giving the action of the subject rather than describing it. Todays topic was Spilling a Liquid:
Spilling a liquid can be disasterous, funny, or simply annoying but always wet. Liquids are wet and that wetness can cover enormous areas. Spilling a large amount of liquid is annoying due to the time involved in cleanup and can be disasterous when involving spaghetti sauce which stains, vinegar with it's strong odor or honey leaving a forever sticky residue behind. Spilling liquids can also be funny when it's a container of ice cold water poured down on an unsuspecting victim's back on a swealtering hot summer day.
So that was my paragraph. Perhaps I am to critical of myself. It is after all only a 5 minute paragraph of which we write what comes to our head with no preperation and no time to edit. I just fill like I told about actions rather than describing....but how else would one describe spilling a liquid? We are using a list of topics from a book I have. We are trying to add our own topics to the list as we think of them and my son gets to choose the topic of choice each day. I guess some are just easier to describe. A Cup of Coffee on the first day was my favorite.
Now we are reading the book Hatchet by Gary Paulson. I haven't read this book in ages but am enjoying reading it with my son. Most might say he's a little old for a read-aloud. But he still likes it and with him reading his own book (currently The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis) and us doing a read-aloud as well, he gets to read more books through the year and I get to as well- plus it's still time we get to spend together and that makes my heart feel good. Of course, he doesn't snuggle up in my lap anymore (but I still get that from my toddler ) but we do interact- and that makes it wonderful.