If you are looking for a great writing program and challenge in your homeschool, then look no further than the NanoWriMo Young Writers Program. November is National Novel Writing Month, so why not have your kids try their hand at writing their own novel? It is a fun and challenging project that will get their creative juices flowing.
Participants of NanoWriMo begin writing their novels on November 1 and finish writing on November 30. The word count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but in the Young Writers Program, the word count is made to order. All of the Young Writers Program participants, age 17 and younger are allowed to set word count goals that are reasonable but challenging.
The important thing to remember about NanoWriMo is that the main goal is output. Quanitity is the goal rather than quality. Expectations must be lowered as risks are taken. Creative writing and meeting goals is the focus.
Make no mistake that some of the writing will be really bad. But do not be surprised to find somewhere beneath and amongst the rubble some real gems. For 30 days the young writers will be free to just create. The inner editor and the teacher editor must be locked away. Editing is for December. Creativity is for November.
So why would you want to do this in your homeschool? The answer is simple. This allows the child to use their imagination and not worry about grammar and spelling. It is a great way to get those reluctant writers actually writing. It allows them to explore their own thoughts and worlds with the only limit being their imagination. They will find that there is not just a right or wrong way to write. There is only writing and creating.
As an educator, I really like the tools that are available for the teacher. The creators of the NanoWriMo Young Writers Program have included age appropriate downloadable workbooks as well as a curriculum. The lessons are a great way to open up your child’s mind to the NanoWriMo experience.
We will be participating in this venture this year. My 6th grader is ecstatic about the project. This is really saying something since my 6th grader is a boy who like most boys his age are reluctant to write. I will post updates as we go through this process in our homeschool. I invite you to join us for what is sure to be a rewarding experience. And if you want to create your own novel, I invite you to join me in the adult program of NanoWriMo.