While I love to write with a passion, teaching my kids how to write well hasn't been a fun thing to do. When I'm given the chance to partner up with a company that offers writing homeschool curriculum of any kind, I'm eager to try it out. A Pirate's Guide t' th' Grammar of Story is designed to make learning creative writing techniques fun and engaging for kids ages 8 and up.
About A Pirate's Guide t' th' Grammar of Story
This is an all-in-one creative writing curriculum for students 8 years and up. It is a workbook that is a “fun-loving pirate story teaching students the basic elements of a story.” It is written by an experienced creative story professional. The material is laid out to be entertaining enough to make the students want to do the work. It is not designed to be a fast-paced course. It is set up so that it can be completed either in a semester or through a year-long course.
While this product is designed to be for students ages eight and older, kids ages 8-11 may need additional help from their parents/teacher. Whereas, students older than 11 should be able to handle this course without any extra assistance. The overall concept of this creative writing homeschool curriculum is to get students interested in doing their work independently. It is the hope of the designer that students will have confidence in telling their own stories with more details.
I only got a small portion of this book because it hadn't gone to the press yet. However, what I did get of this book got my kids excited and eager to do more. We were disappointed when we couldn't finish the story and the work. Their writing has been getting better with each section of this book. This creative writing homeschool curriculum workbook is designed in such a way that my kids feel like they are on this ship working for the pirate. They can't wait to see where their voyage is going to take them next.
I won't let them have more of the book until they finish the work. I love how the book lets them pick the topics they want to write about. It doesn't make them feel like they are trapped into talking about a certain topic like other creative writing curriculum has done to them. It is written to reach them at their age level. It helps them to see how they can take almost anything around them and write about it in advanced ways.
The problem though is my one of my kids does NOT want to use his “creative muscles” worth a dime. For him, this was still difficult to complete. However, he was a bit more interested in doing it thanks to the storyline in this book. He LOVES to read, but he doesn't trust that he has quality ideas. Yet, he can tell me some wild stories when he's just talking to me. I'm glad that this workbook allows him to express himself WITHOUT the pressure of being RIGHT in his writing.
My other son loves to create and share stories that roll through his head. He found this to be a fun workbook to complete. He just didn't like being called a “Scurvy Spat.” He laughed at many of the things that the book suggested he write about. Those things made him eager to do the next exercise.
From what we got from this book it is worth recommending. We are eager to get our hands on the rest of the creative writing homeschool curriculum.
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Do you think your kids would enjoy this creative writing homeschool curriculum?