Have you ever written your own piece of curriculum because you couldn’t find somethingthatquite worked
for your kids? Have you ever needed
a resource for a topic you couldn’t find
material for and put something together
on your own? Why not share what you’ve
written? You can be a blessing to other
families as well as your own.
Before I tell you how, let me mention something up front. When you
share what you’ve written with others, whether you give it away freely or
charge for it, there are numerous copyright issues you need to be aware of
that are too lengthy to go in this article.
The purpose of this article is to explore
the basic steps you can take to go from
an idea to a product, not to give you
The first step in the process is to refine
your idea. Just like you probably learned
when writing papers, the key is to be
broad enough without being too broad.
Start with what interests you or areas
where you have seen a need.
Decide what type of resource will best
communicate your point, and one that
you can fit your schedule. The time factor
is huge. You have a gazillion things to do,
but by putting your ideas out there, you
can save another mom—with a list just as
long—from having to create something
from scratch. Some moms have found
that creating a basic blog where they can
share pictures and instructions works
well for them. Others shape their idea
into a unit study, a notebooking unit, a
fun game or puzzle, writing prompts, or
many other types of projects.
Today’s society is visual, and no matter
what you ultimately do with your project, if you’re going to share it, you will
need pictures or images of some kind. If
you share your ideas on your blog, pictures of your kids enjoying the project is
a natural way to illustrate your post. If
you’re going to put the idea together as
a downloadable product, whether you
make it available freely or for purchase,
you’ll most likely need images or graphics of some kind.
Countless blog posts have been written
about where to find free or inexpensive
images, but one important factor that I
cannot stress enough is the rights asso-
ciated with the pictures. Just because an
by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Why not share what you’ve written? You can be
a blessing to other families as well as your own.
Writing for Homeschoolers:
An Overlooked Way to Bless Families