My daughter is a lot like her daddy and her mommy in many ways. First she has the love of drawing that is definitely like her daddy. My husband is an amazing artist and writer as well and he loves to share his love of drawing, painting and creating with her all the time. It seems my Muppin can't do anything without drawing or doodling to help her get done with a project. Oh, and don't forget the singing, wiggling, fidgeting, and dancing!
I love to write and so does my husband, so she was destined to love writing too. Just like drawing and painting, writing is a creative process and she does such a great job. She has now written at least 10 books and she has illustrated them as well. Her newest one is called "Best friends forever." It is about her and of course her best friend. She loves her best friend like crazy and when she thought of making her a book nothing was going to stop her!
She captures in each picture all the things they love to do together and it is amazing to see the things she notices about herself and about her friend that are the same and different, and it is a blessing to see how she celebrates both those things.
As far as homeschooling goes there couldn't be a better project for her to work on. I guess it is kind of like notebooking, a method of teaching that gets the children thinking about what they have learned and putting it on paper, instead of having them just answer questions to see what they have forgotten. She is thinking out the parts of the story she wants to tell, working out how many pages she will need, then drawing the pictures. Once that is done she writes her story on a notebook page and I go behind her and correct her spelling and punctuation and she has to rewrite it correctly. Once it is all correct and it says everything she wants it to say then she has to write it on the pages of her book.
What a fun way to learn about grammar, spelling, writing, penmanship and story telling. Someday she wants to have her books published and I believe she will. We may even do a study on how that happens one of these days too!