Sunday, January 30, 2011

Things we like: Spilling Ink

I can't remember where I came across this book.  I think it may have been from rabbit trailing off some homeschool blog. As I read about it and used the "look inside" feature on Amazon, I was pretty sure that my oldest was going to love it. But you never know with 12 year olds... I requested it from the library and read it myself.  I felt like I was getting a view inside my daughter's creative mind.

After getting about 3/4 of the way through reading it, I decided to just order a copy. I asked my daughter if she just wanted to read it or if she wanted me to assign it.  She said she wanted me to assign it to her. I put on her schedule that she was to read 1 or 2 chapter a day and do one "I Dare You" writing exercise each week.  At that rate, she would have finished the book in a month.

After about the third day, I found my daughter in her bedroom one afternoon pouring over the book and making notes in her book ideas binder. I, of course, scolded her for doing school work "after hours" ; ) She just rolled her eyes at me and said, "I love this book.  It is exactly how I think." Soon she was reading the book whenever she had the chance and finished it in about 2 weeks.

 Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook was a big hit. I guess I know my daughter pretty well after all.