I don’t know how she does it. Every day Julie Bogart drops into my inbox yet another pearl of wisdom that makes our homeschool more fun. A game, an idea for stimulating big conversations, or simply words of encouragement reminding me to appreciate what’s going well in our homeschool, instead of worrying about what’s missing.
In last Sunday’s Daily Writing Tip, Julie suggested using the game Boggle to generate words to use in stories.
We don’t have Boggle, so I downloaded the free app Popwords to use instead.
How we played
First, we used Popwords to generate a list of words. We let J(9) spot the three-letter-words while C(10) and I searched for longer ones. I wrote all our words on a whiteboard.
When we had 15 words, we grabbed paper and pencils. We each set our own goal for how many words to include in our piece of writing. J(9) decided on six words, C(10) thirteen, and I tried to use all of them.
The game was so much fun. We all smiled as we wrote, and giggled as we shared our writing. We created such different pieces of writing from the same set of words!
What we wrote
J(9) wrote a movie promo, which he read in his best “big movie” voiceover voice:
“It’s the sun trial – the kills of a pig in a wig … Coming out soon.”
C(10) made a vampire poem:
“I run from the pale animals who never see the sun
With their fangs glinting, ready for the kill
Theirs is the trial which inflicts awe
The dots of blood on the hen – no, pig
No human – yes, human, beware
They are everywhere
In the eggs, in your wig, at the gig
I wrote a silly story, which started:
“It all began the day I came home from my run to discover the hen, Suki, wearing a blonde wig. She’d been quite an ordinary chook when I left home as the sun was rising. And now here she was – dancing on the toaster, with the pig playing on Uncle Solomon’s banjo.”
Games at teatime
Fun writing games are always a hit in our house, and they’re by far the best way to inspire J(9) to pick up a pen. Over the last week we’ve got into a pleasant routine of meeting for afternoon tea while we play a game or enjoy a story. On Monday lunchtime we returned from a long weekend away, and I found myself ignoring the unpacking while I made scones to eat over a game of Consequences. I’m starting the school year as I mean to go on!
Where to find Brave Writer writing ideas
You can sign up for Brave Writer’s daily writing tips on the Brave Writer homepage. Julie has compiled her first set of tips into Daily Writing Tips: Volume 1 which can be downloaded for $4.99. (I’m not affiliated to Brave Writer, I just love Julie’s gentle wisdom and want to share the inspiration with you.)
What writing games does your family enjoy?
Do you have a favourite teatime snack?
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The Home Ed Link Up #15 – Adventures in Home Education
Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
Collage Friday at Homegrown Learners
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