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I have written here before about how to teach writing. Or, more accurately, how I have taught my children to write. I believe in delaying formal education and letting children learn and grow in a prepared environment in the early years. There comes a time, however, when writing needs to be taught.
I have been homeschooling kids for fifteen years and tried a variety of books. I was excited to have the chance to review Wordsmithy for Timberdoodle since I am busy planning Kalina’s 10th grade homeschool year.
Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life by Douglas Wilson is a small book (only 120 pages) that (according to the back cover) will provide: “indispensable guidance, showing how to develop the writer’s craft and the kind of life from which good writing comes”.
This book contains seven chapters each offering a tip on good writing. I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t like this book. Wilson’s writing style is wordy (ironic, right?) and difficult to read. Chapter one starts out: “Real life duties would be preferred over real-life tourism. Taking care of your preschoolers or being deployed with the Seventh Fleet is far to be preferred over purchasing a backpack and heading off to find America, or even worse, yourself.”
I honestly have no idea what that sentence is supposed to mean.
Wilson uses word pictures and metaphors that I just don’t connect with. His entire book is written in this style with pithy statement after pithy statement. Yes, he offers tips, but for me personally, it is not worth wading through his long, meandering sentences to find them.
Now, just because I didn’t like the book, doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. Hopkins Homeschool reviewed and loved it.
This book does indeed cover seven topics to help with writing. There is no homework, so for the right student, this just might be a great choice.
I will follow-up next week with a list of resources we have used and loved.