Connecting with Kids’ Authentic Voices
Brave Writer Mom, Melissa, writes:
Hi, Julie! I just had to share our work from today.
This morning, we completed our first writing assignments using the Jot It Down method. (Kids just turned 7 and 5 this summer.) We are doing the BYL shark unit study, inspired by the fact I was bit by a (tiny) shark on our trip to Galveston last week. (Between that and having given birth in a car, I’ve got some humdingers ready for “2 Truths and a Lie.”)
I am blown away by the ideas and amazing writing that is inside of them! I’ve attached pics and hope you can read my chicken scratch. I swear on my homeschool planner that these words were 100% their own. I just transcribed.
The “edits” were even my 7yo’s own changes as she read aloud the finished story. She let her ear be her guide on verb tense agreement. No sentence diagramming needed!
I am eternally grateful you showed me such a simple and effective way to connect with their authentic voices.
THANK YOU for sharing your methods and insights. You are a homeschooling hero!