So we've been doing the Classical Writing thing this week in a slightly customized way. Monday we read and discuss the fable in the morning and then outline it in the afternoon. Tuesday Catherine rewrites the fable from her outline. This morning I picked out the misspellings and she copied them over several times. This afternoon I edited it with her and she began to rewrite it (tomorrow is grammar and add description and Friday is type the final copy).
Catherine was working quietly on the couch when Harry decided he'd like to watch Rescue Heroes. The only working TV and VCR combo in the house is in the living room so I suggested that Catherine either move to the kitchen or one of the bedrooms.
"I can do it here Mom! I'm just copying!"
I shrugged my shoulders. Hey, if she gets it done, who am I to be the bad guy. Right?
Here's the result (click for larger picture). Keep in mind that the movie started at about the, "my, my..." point.
You can see the point when her brain decided that Rescue Heroes was the priority. Even though she had her edited copy in hand, it just goes all weird.
"...and the Fox and it!"
I mentioned tonight after soccer (they won!!) that she should read it over in the morning and she grinned at me.
"I know I made some funny mistakes but I was too lazy to fix them."
How can I argue when I'm laughing?
I am happy to report that though this approach has increased the amount of writing she's doing dramatically, she does seem to enjoy it. There's variety and none pressure to come up with some story from a story starter or on, "What I Did at Guides Camp." Just straight forward expectations and the learning of a craft.
Ask me again in six weeks and I'm sure we'll both feel differently but for now, Catherine and I are good.