This a review of the Creative Freewriting Adventure: A journey into freewriting.
For some children, writing is a difficult task. Trying to create the perfect story and rewriting over and over can seem quite mundane to any child. With the tools available from Philosophy Adventure™ , children are able to establish writing skills over the course of several weeks with clear step-by-step instructions and writing checklists!
At first Kira was EXTREMELY leery. When she first read her instructions, Kira freaked out. It was….wait for it…..wait…..TIMED! Now how dare they?!? Kira has always panicked when something was timed. When I say panic, I mean full bodied anxiety. There is nothing quite like watching your child go into meltdown over something so… well, let’s face it, trivial. I (in my mind, of course) counted to ten, took a deep breath and told Kira to just give it a try. After all, it was for a review. If she hated it, no big deal. What happened next was nothing short of a God given miracle!
Her first writing prompt was about Thales. She was provided 15 minutes to come up with a story. Much to her surprise, she completed her story in 13 minutes. Mind you, she does not like the story, but was impressed that she was actually able to write it in under the allotted time! Here is her story from this first lesson;
I set out late one night for the well, thirsty for a drink of water. When I arrived, what a sight did I see before my eyes!
It was Thales, the old philosopher. Like normal, he was watching the constellations, not paying a lick of attention to where he was going. many in the village say he is a batty old loon, but I like his philosophy and way of thinking.
Anyways, Thales was not watching the ground below his feet, so he did not see the large stone protruding from the ground just a few feet in front of him. I started to cry a warning, But, alas, it was too late! He tripped magnificently and fell in the well with a loud cry and a large splash.
So maybe it was wrong, but I had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing. I extended a hand and pulled the old man out of the water. “Are you okay?” I asked him.
He did not respond, but walked away with an indignant turn of his head, dripping a trail of water as he went. And, of course, he was still gazing at the stars.
I watched, bewildered, for a minute, then turned to get that forgotten drink of water.
By the time she made her way to a prompt to write her own take on another book she felt like a pro!!! In the allotted time of 30 minutes she was able to complete the two part prompt in 25 minutes. Here is her story;
She was shroud in black, and spoke not a word, like a mysterious ghost of foreboding.
I am just a simple scribe, working under His and Her Majesties. I have worked for them almost three decades now, but never have I seen anything like this.
Princess Rosalie, their daughter, is a troubled and troublesome young lady. She moans and frets constantly, unhappy with this “awful life”, and upsetting the castle. If you ask me, she is just spoilt-rotten and deserve nothing more than a what-for.
Tonight, as the moon rises with the twilight sky, they have called upon this woman in black to fix their daughter. They call her simply ” the wise woman”.
“Please,” the queen pleads with her, “there has to be something you can do to help her.”
The cloaked woman listens silently, impassive, almost. When they have finished their testimony, she takes the king’s goblet in one hand, gnarled and wizened from age. She raises it to the black expanse ‘neath her hood and drains it, slamming it down on the table.
“I’ll be back.”
They were the only words she spoke that night. She glided swiftly and silently out of that room and out of the palace.
It is the second night, and the “wise woman” has returned. The king and queen are watching her with hopeful faces. She circles the room, surveying both the room and the food and drink on the table.
Finally she comes to a stop before the king’s throne. Thunder bellows outside. She stands before him and unclasps her robe.
We gasp and cover our eyes, not from the sight of her, but, rather, the blinding light radiating from her. Within a few moments, the light is lessened, though not completely gone, and we open our eyes.
The king and queen look around the throne room, bewildered. It is obvious that, for them, she has disappeared.
I, however, can still see her with my eyes. Unlike the hand yesterday told, she is not a wizened old crone, but a beautiful young maiden, more beautiful than any princess I ever have and ever will see. She was not unclothes, but clad in a shimmering emerald dress.
“If you want my help, there is a price to pay!” she cries in a voice that is sweeter than honey, but stronger than steel.
To complement the wonderful writing lesson there is an amazing coloring book!
For my mini artist/writer this was quite the bonus! Kira had a blast writing and coloring!
I let Kira pick her favorite to post;
I admit that Kira has always loved to write. So writing was not her learning struggle. It was the timing aspect. I tried to explain to her what creative writing was like for me in school. Hard to compare when being asked, “Is that not why you home school me?” Yes, Kira is quick on her feet! But I remembered being timed, I actually loved it because it forced me to focus. I see how it has done the same now with Kira! Although she has always written amazing stories, this has forced her to actually fully focus. It is an enormous blessing in all of her lessons!
Philosophy Adventure is designed to help students 6th-12th grade. The lessons are great by themselves or can be used to complement other educational resources. You need nothing extra either! Well, a pen and a computer of course.
They have subjects including English Composition, World History/Geography, Speech/Communications, and Logic/Critical Thinking.
Kira shares her own review here;
I wish I had learned about this site sooner. The resources are absolutely amazing. Kira and I highly recommend Home School Adventure Co to every home school family.
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