Do you want to teach your kids creative writing?
I found it difficult to really inspire my kids to write and know how to get their juices flowing.
Until I found the One Year Adventure Novel. I have told you about it before, but in case you missed it, I want to tell you again! AND they gave me a special discount code just for y’all.
Girl, I love me a discount!
We have used all of the One Year Adventure Novel curricula (someone give me points for using the proper form of that word!) in our home. We started about 7 years ago with their high school program (called One Year Adventure Novel). What I loved about it was that through the lessons and assignments, by the end of the year the student has written a book. It’s brilliant!
It’s very in-depth without a lot of fluff. Although, the video lessons ARE entertaining and sometimes my younger kids will sneak in and watch just for fun.
There’s a video for each lesson, then an accompanying lesson in the textbook. After the lessons there’s an assignment that is done in a workbook. It can be completed in one school year. Plus there are forums that help a lot if you need it. And the forums are also great for the kids to make friends.
The OYAN folks make it easy for the teacher too, because the lessons are done for you and they give great instruction for how to check the work. I love that about it!
One Year Adventure Novel is primarily for homeschoolers, but honestly if I wasn’t homeschooling I still might go through it with my kids (keep in mind I do have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew). It has inspired my kids to be writers and it tapped into their creativity (in a good way, not like “Hey let’s see what we can draw on the side of Mom’s car with an Exacto knife!” kind of way).
In fact, my oldest daughter has written 5 novels, with her last one, Implant, just released a few weeks ago! She credits OYAN for much of her education in writing even though she was already out of high school when we started using it.
They also have a junior high version called, Cover Story. Our son used it a couple of years ago and I plan to use it again this year with one of my other boys. Instead of writing a whole book, it focuses through DVD lessons on shorter projects like poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, interviews, blogs & letters. We really like it! The lessons are more playful and if you like steampunk, you will be in for a treat.
Creative writing helps in so many areas of life! I’ve seen my kids blossom through this class in ways that surprised me. There is just something about the lessons…..working on the lessons makes them feel loved.
I know it sounds crazy, but that’s the only way I can describe it.
And IF you aren’t looking for writing curriculum, there’s still something you need to know about the creator of the One Year Adventure Novel, Daniel Schwabauer. He is the author of our favorite, favorite stories that we read as a family. I got his first 2 books, Runt the Brave & Runt the Hunted and we all flipped over them. And his latest book, Curse of the Seer (Legends of Tira-Nor), has just been released. We got it last week and it is already a new family favorite. No kidding, we ripped it out of the package when it arrived and read it instantly. It’s wonderful!
If you’re looking for a great series of books for your kids (ages 5-99) this is it. They will not disappoint.
And now for the good stuff….the discounts.
Both of these codes must be applied at checkout.
I really hope you’ll try these with your kids. I leaned a lot too, as I was going through it with them. I know you will love it!
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