How To Use Writing To Learn Thinking

I’ve always wanted my kids to be thinkers, not the sort of people who can be led around by the nose by advertisers, politicians, and people in authority. I have been homeschooling since 2003 and my two oldest boys are now 19 and 18 respectively.  They are thinkers.  So I’m going to tell you now how to use writing to learn thinking.  It’s not as hard as it sounds. You do this: Have the child summarize information he’s read into his own words. Write down the summary. Give his opinion of the reading. But the process takes years so here’s the progression in more detail. Start with Narration Narration is an effective technique to use with younger students, up to about 4th grade or until your child can write comfortably on her own. It’s also really simple and requires no preparation for the teacher. All you do is read aloud a … click to read more

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Norway is a Scandinavian country in the far north of Europe.  It is an old country, civilized for many thousands of years. It is the land of the Vikings, their gods, sprites, elves, and monsters. The Norse have many old tales handed down for generations by skalds, poets and storytellers.  East of the Sun and West of the Moon is one of them. One of those tales is East of the Sun and West of the Moon.  It has been retold many times.  Here we offer our version of East of the Sun and West of the Moon.  Read it with your children, then have them make puppets or drawings and retell the story in their own words.  You can click on the link above or on the picture below to get the printable. Narration Once you’ve read the story and made a project to go along with it, finish … click to read more