Our kindergartner was never interested in writing stories until someone told me about NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. They have a Young Writer's Program starting at Kindergarten. After looking at their FREE lesson plans, I decided to give it a try. Not only were the lessons easy for a home educator to follow, but they were fun and engaging for my son. Where before he would write only a sentence or two when asked to write a story, after we began the NaNoWriMo lessons, he was averaging at least 30 words a sitting. He LOVED the process of writing, found JOY in writing independently and was THRILLED to narrate his own words.
Our son completed the first draft of his first novel today. We were all excited to hear him read it from beginning to end. While we will be reworking and improving on the draft for the rest of the month, it is wonderful to see how his writing has developed in less than a month.
Here is his first draft of his novel, entitled Chisel and Fluffy. Hope you enjoy the short novel too!