June 4, 2008

That Child

I think I've mentioned before that I've set my oldest boy up with his very own blog. It's private and requires an invitation, so all worries about pedophile stalkers can be laid to rest.

Worries about mom losing her mind should be taken out of the closet and given new life.

That child!

I know writing is hard for him. I know the ideas in his head never quite make it onto the paper how he wants it to. I get it. What I don't get is his total lack of concern over the matter. Last night's entry is a key example. I'm going to copy and paste from his blog for your reading...pleasure?

Keep in mind, I've not made any changes to the text. This is exactly what appears on his blog.

funny jouks
ock nock whose there hands hands who hand off my cat!
nock nock whos there there run run who run the dog is gaging onn us
nock nock whos there bit bit who your dog bit me

As you can see, the spelling is atrocious. Punctuation? Who needs it?

I tried reading it aloud to him last night. Tried helping him to hear the difference between non-punctuated text and punctuated. I don't think it helped.

Tonight, I'm going to try something different. I'm going to find a picture from DeviantArt or Artzone and have him use it as a prompt.

I'm also thinking in the future of letting him do an audio recording using Audacity. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd even attempt to use speech-to-text software so he could see how spoken words appear on the page. Although, maybe a $100 purchase might be worth it if he continues to struggle. I don't know.

Maybe you have some ideas you'd like to share. I'm certainly open to suggestions!