My children have been members of The Amazing Weekly Writer Club for some time now. While it’s taking some convincing for my eldest to become more active, my second daughter – Artsy Princess - has been enjoying the club a lot. She is ten years old now, but since she started to speak, she's been asking me to write down the words she says. Usually she'd speak so fast and I'd have a hard time catching up with her.
The Weekly Writer Club is a welcome addition to her homeschool activities. The Weekly Writer Club is a student-led and complete Language Arts curriculum. Since it is student-led, Naomi has been excited and is free to write about any topic that she is currently interested in. She has found a venue to express herself in writing in the blog area. Since she now has some proficiency in using the computer, most of the time she does the typing/writing herself. Sometimes, she'd still ask me to type if she wants to write a long blog. She has also made friends with the other students and exchanges emails with them.
I'm glad to find this resource for my daughter because this is a safe place for her to blog, post her pictures and make friends online while at the same time, she is learning. The teacher/owner/director, Ms. Judy Steidl, is very supportive and helpful. She always writes to Artsy Princess and Guitar Babe, gently encouraging them to keep on writing. They both feel special whenever she receives an email from Teacher Judy. What I really like about the website is that even if I leave them alone working on Weekly Writer, I know that they are safe here. I know that Ms. Steidl monitors the children's email so there is safety from internet predators here. So far, since she joined the Summer term, there has not been much formal learning yet. It's a time for Ms. Steidl to get to know the students well, assess their writing and in general, encourage them to keep on writing.
Ms. Steidl is also always open to comments from the students and parents. She strives to improve her site to become more interesting and useful to her students. Her emails are personalized and warm so the children are motivated to learn.
If you are interested to have your child/ren join The Weekly Writer Club for the Fall Term, please let me know at mpadrelanan dot gmail dot com. Activities are set to begin on September 11!