If you want your children to understand what’s true, make them write stories. As they become more skillful storytellers, they will begin to understand their world and themselves.
Storytelling is uniquely human. Grandpa telling war tales around the fireplace while snow pelts the window takes us to Normandy without us ever setting foot there. Our traditions, our values, and our enjoyment of life depend on stories.
Homeschooling parents shape their children’s values by taking complete responsibility for their education. At its heart, education is about teaching the next generation to embrace what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful. Creative writing and storytelling is especially effective in completing this task.
When we write, we don’t create narratives out of nothing; we craft what we already know to say something fresh about something familiar. Fantasy takes us to new worlds with new races to teach us something about our own world and our own race.
Stories attach value to our experiences. Fiction isn’t neutral. When pen is set to paper, alliances are made. The stories our children write tell us what they value and what they believe. Read their stories if you want to know what they treasure.
Through crafting stories, our children learn to distinguish light from darkness. Stories make us wise and draw our affections toward virtue and goodness.
Creative writing is where your children employ the tricks they learn in language arts. A chef with a spice rack is useless without a dish to prepare. As your children learn to season their Filet O Fiction with metaphor, alliteration, allusion, and adjectives that make the senses sizzle, truth is clothed in beauty.
Depending on the child, creative writing assignments may be more or less like snake charming. However, once your children begin to wordsmith, they’ll be the ones charming you with their wit, wisdom, and wondrous grasp of truth, goodness, and beauty.
This blog post was written by J. Vaden Cavett. He is a copywriter at Check Into Cash and a freelance writer and editor. He graduated from Lee University in 2012 with his B.A. in English Education, and he and his lovely wife, Tara, have a little boy named Hezekiah, whom they intend to homeschool.