A few weeks ago, M started a blog (with a little help from mom.)
With all the time he spends reading, this summer I wanted him to respond to the book he reads in some way. He has such a unique way with words, but isn't used to putting his ideas down on paper.
At this point, I encourage him to write a post for each chapter book he finishes- a bit of a summer project. But I am hopeful that this will soon transform into something that he chooses independently and enjoys as much as the books themselves.
For now, he describes, summarizes, or recalls his favorite parts of each book in a few sentences. As his writing grows, his blog can grow with him.
It's been so good for him. He's learning about writing, spelling, and even editing, without me having to say a word.