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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Make a List!

Lists are practical and easy to write! And, lists or their more contemporary stage name these days, listicles, are everywhere. Simple lists just could be your homeschool's next great creative writing project.

List making stimulates the brain. Creating lists also teaches and reinforces several practical skills. In order to create a list, your child must first brainstorm ideas. Writing lists also teaches organization, how to prioritize and the beauty of simplicity or succinctness. Simpler than outlines, lists get right to the point with bullet points! And, lists appeal to young and older students alike. Beginning printers and writers can let their creativity soar while honing their fine motor skills -- single words, phrases or ideas make the grade. 

Kinds of Lists:

Hip Homeschool Moms

  • Homschool schedules
  • Chores 
  • Vocabulary words or interesting and unsual words to incorporate into writing and speech
  • To Do Lists
  • Groceries
  • Errands
  • Allowance and Budgeting

  • Things I want to do this summer 
  • Books to read
  • Movies to watch
  • Crafts to make
  • Recipes to try
  • Favorite Bible verses or verses to memorize
  • Prayer needs and requests
  • Personal, educational or vocational goals
  • Places I'd want to live if I could
  • Changes for transforming my bedroom into the ultimate retreat
  • Things I'd do if I had 1 million dollars
  • Things I'll have done by the time I'm 50 years old
  • If I were President of the United States...
  • If I had a personal robot assistant

Pro and Con
         Pro and Con lists can be practical, personal or even
         creative. For example, homeschool students might 
         make a pro and con list for joining a particular 
         club or sport, for taking an elective, for getting a 
         job, etc. This type of list helps to put things into   

         Or, create a Pro/Con list with a bit of pizazz -- the pros 
         and cons of living on a deserted island, being an only 
         child, being 8 feet tall, well... you get the idea. 

         I keep a running list of songbirds I've spotted. 
         Your children can keep ongoing lists of wildlife 
         they've seen, miles they've walked, hiked or biked, 
         places they've visited, books they've read, 
         accomplishments, struggles, prayers (for and 
         answered), etc.

Hands-on and Handy

        Lists don't have to be written! Hmmm, have I 
        piqued your interest? Whether your homeschool 
        students are visual learners, kinesthetic learners 
        or just like the hands-on approach, list making just 
        got a LOT more interesting! Using index cards, 
        construction paper or card stock, make paper letter 
        squares about the size of a Scrabble piece or bigger. 
        Essentially, you'll want to make more the letters that 
        appear most often in words. Your students can piece
        together their lists. Rearranging is a breeze!

Lists are not just for the visual learner. Lists are for anyone who's busy, busy, busy and needs to remember. Lists also reassure, comfort and help keep us on track in a variety of ways.

Why are lists THE next great writing project for your homeschool? Because they're easy to do, adaptable to 
any subject and are extraordinarily creative-- plain ordinary notebook paper, graph paper, special stationery, a chalk board or the sidewalk on a beautiful sunny day can be the perfect canvas for your lists. And, the absolute best part of making a list -- any writing instrument is just "write" !!

So, make a list :) 

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