So this idea randomly hit me today but in all reality it was just stolen and adapted.
This summer our kid is going to have to continue to do about an hour worth of "home work" per night because of struggles during this past school year. Just simple stuff like 20 minutes of reading, some basic math and some writing.
By the end of the school year one of his homework assignments was to write 10 sentences about 3 times per week. He absolutely hated doing it because while he is creative and can tell a story for hours on end making up things, when he is forced to sit down and do that exact same thing for homework his brain goes blank and he comes up with one or two sentences without help and usually boring plain sentences.
So, my thought process on this is that he and I will collaborate to write a story over the course of the summer and hopefully this stimulates his interest and creativity.
He will have to come up with 10 sentences 3-5 times per week. Three will be the minimum no matter what but if he's having fun with it then I will encourage him to do more or even to come up with more than just ten sentences if he wants.
I will take those sentences and his ideas and construct a story around them. This will give us about 2 and a half months to churn out a fun story for everyone. I'll probably try to take an hour or two on my days off to go over what he is writing and piece everything together but I think this is a highly doable idea and I'm hoping that he is interested in it and enjoys it as well.
I guess it could all fall flat quickly as he'll still hate it, but I'm hoping that when I read back to him my version with his sentences included that he wants to continue.
So, above I alluded to the fact that the idea was stolen.
For those of you not into comic books I point you in this direction.
This blurb is stolen Directly from this LINK - Go to the site and check things out.
"The AXE COP saga began on a Christmas visit to see my family. My Father, a man with very healthy loins, has managed to produce a variety of children, ranging from me, a 29 year old comic book artist, to my 5 year old brother Malachai, a 5 year old boy genius, with four other siblings in between. During the visit Malchai was running around with his toy fireman axe and he said he was playing "Axe Cop." he asked me to play with him and I asked what my weapon was... so he brought me a toy flute (actually a recorder). I told him I would rather be axe Cop then Flute Cop, and he seemed just fine with being Flute Cop. The story that followed became more and more brilliant, until I couldn't contain myself and I had to draw the whole thing into a one page comic. From there the saga continued, and over the course of my week-long visit we cranked out the first four episodes of AXE COP. I posted the comics to my blog and on Facebook and they got great responses. I decided to give AXE COP a home on the internet here and attempt to continue the saga as often as I have time to draw them, and I can get Malachai to write them.
The writing process is basically just me quizzing Malachai as he develops the saga. I'll just try to pry all the details out of him and write them down until something like a complete little story has been formed. Everything in AXE COP started in Malachai's head, all I do is sort it out and draw it."
There is more on the page as well including a video of the "writing" process. Axe Cop has gone on to actually be a comic book publication that continues currently. I don't own any of them as I just recently discovered this but what I have read just amuses the shit out of me.
So, since I don't have any artistic talent I'm hoping that I can be skillful enough with words to help create a fun story out of our kids sentences, thoughts and ideas. I'll just be adding in details and pizzazz or whatever.