Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
One thing I want my children to learn is how to write. My oldest is a prolific writer, and my third-born son can write; I keep working on the others! It’s very helpful to have resources on hand that can help spark creativity in writing. That made me immediately interested in Sparkling Bits of Writing, from Creative Word Studio. I chose to use and review Book 1, which is intended for grades 5-6. I would love to someday use Book 2, as well, but at the moment I don’t have anyone in grades 7-8, which is the left it is written for. Mr. Diligence is working part time now, so even though he would be just over that level he doesn’t have time anymore for things like this!
I have been having Mr. Sweetie (grade 6) and Mr. Imagination (grade 4) do the assignments from Sparkling Bits of Writing. Little Miss (grade 1) wants to do everything they do, but the projects are almost too hard for her. She keeps trying, though! We received the book quite late in the review period, and then had some health issues crop up that have made it hard to spend the time I wanted to with this course, but made it through the first seven lessons. I am really liking this course!
There are three basic types of lessons in this course. The first lesson is classified as a Mini Writing Exercise. These teach various things about writing. The first was an acrostic, with a line beginning with each letter of the children’s names. Esther was inspired to write one about Miss Joy—it was pretty funny! Little Miss couldn’t understand the concept, but the boys did a little better. Other lessons teach how to use the thesaurus. Our physical one is very hard to use and is stored in an outside building, so we didn’t bother going out in the rain after dark to get it—I found a thesaurus online. That lesson was fun! I see that others talk about complete sentences or autumn words, or showing instead of telling.
The next type of lesson is Free Writing. You are supposed to take a topic and run with it—write everything you think of about a particular topic. The first was about how you are feeling right now. With boys—well, I’ll just say that was challenging. What matters to you was easier.
Reading Responses are fun. We’ve done one of those so far. It included a selection from A Secret Garden, which our children haven’t heard. They loved listening to it, and then enjoyed writing what they thought happened next. I loved what one of our boys came up with; it was totally unexpected to me. I see selections from Oliver Twist and Tom Sawyer coming up soon. Those will be fun!
There are also Friends lessons, in which two children need to work together to write something. The one the boys did (pictured here) had to do with cell phones. I thought they came up with some very good pros and cons. They enjoyed working together.
Gold piece lessons are intended to be polished until they are perfect, and then given a grade. That way, there is something to put in the report card! These are marked in the book with a star.
So, what do we think about Sparkling Bits of Writing? I really like this course! It’s creative, and laid out in a way that is very easy to use. The lessons are short and simple, but make the children think. I’m not getting the groans from this course that I normally do from writing courses. The boys won’t admit that they are enjoying it, but they act like they do. I highly recommend this course for any family who wants their children to learn to write creatively. Click on the image below to see what other families have to say about this course!