A couple months ago, Miley came to me and said, “Hey Mom, I have an idea that you can make a blog post about.”
“What’s that,” I asked.
“I think you need to write about Dusty. He’s a really nice cat and I think everyone would think he’s so cute.”
I said, “Yes, that’s a really good idea, I’ll keep that in mind.”
Several weeks passed and Miley brought up her idea again. I told her I wrote it down on my list but just hadn’t gotten to it yet. The other day, she again asked, “Mom, when are you going to make a post about Dusty?”
Then I had an idea. I asked her, “Instead of me writing a post about Dusty, how about you write about him? Since you’re his favorite person and he’s your favorite cat, you would know more things to write about him than I would.”
She thought that was a great idea and got started right away…
She carefully wrote, making sure she used correct punctuation, capitalization and spelling. Normally I find writing a hard thing to teach effectively. It seems like if I decide a topic, or even have her decide a topic, and have her write when she really doesn’t have the motivation to, we just go through the motions and she really doesn’t take in a lot. I found with her knowing she will have an audience reading her writing combined with the motivation to tell everyone about her Dusty, she instantly became interested in making sure her sentences were complete, periods were where they should be and spelling was correct. It was definitely a great learning moment. I decided to give her a corner of my blog and she will be my little guest blogger on occasion.
Here is her very first blog post:
My Cat Dusty
This is my cat Dusty.
I let him in. I hide from him. He meows until he finds me.
He lies beside me when I’m sick.
I love him. He loves me.
I had to add one last picture…
This is a picture Miley took of Dusty when he was a kitten, pawing the camera as she took it.