Mega List of Homeschool Writing Resources for NaNoWriMo or Anytime

Are you looking for homeschool writing resources for NaNoWriMo or are you a little confused about what those initials actually mean? The first time I heard of NaNoWriMo was on a homeschool message board quite a number of years ago. (I’m probably aging myself talking about a “message board”!) The homeschool mom on the board was talking about starting her book during NaNoWriMo.

Of course, being an introvert, I didn’t just ask her what this was. Instead I looked it up online.

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, takes place every November. Began in 1999 it’s a nonprofit that encourages people from all walks of life to write 50,000 words in the month of November. The effort has grown over the years, and it’s been adapted in many different ways. Now you can set up a profile on the site, set a goal for writing, track your progress and find support from other writers online.

There is now a specific NaNoWriMo for kids as well. The site is filled with great resources for young writers and for educators who want to use the challenge of NaNoWriMo to get kids writing. In addition to the main NaNoWriMo event in November, kids can be a part of Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July. 

Homeschool writing resources for NaNoWriMo

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Whether you’re planning to have your kids participate in NaNoWriMo as part of your homeschooling or you’re just looking for a way to get kids doing more writing throughout the year, this post is filled with resources that will help you encourage writing in your homeschool.  

Homeschool Writing Resources for NaNoWriMo: Websites

Use these websites for writing ideas and interactive resources for writers.  

Read.Write.Think. is an awesome site filled with lesson plans for educators as well as interactive games and resources for kids. There are some great graphic organizers to help kids think through reading and writing as well.  

At the Storyjumper site kids can read the stories of others as well as create their own. Kids can use the site for free, and then you can order a hard back version of their book if you want to.  

Storybird is another site that allows kids to write picture books, with graphics included, longer stories, comics, and poetry.  

Fun English Games has a number of interactive resources that allow kids to practice different writing skills.  

Kids- especially younger ones- can write an illustrate a book at Scriblitt.  

Want to get kids writing poetry? The Magnetic Poetry site will make poetry writing fun for kids.  

Time4Writing has a paid 8-week writing course but also offers this site with a huge collection of free writing resources.

Grammar for Writing

I am a firm believer that grammar should be taught in the context of writing. Otherwise kids may learn grammar rules in isolation but never practice them in their actual writing. These resources will help kids to learn and practice the grammar skills they need for writing.  

Grammar-Land by M.L. Nesbitt is a classic living book that teaches kids the parts of speech. This blogger has created some great worksheets to use with Grammar-Land.  

Daily Grammar is a great way for kids to practice the grammar they need for writing. Subscribers get a lesson every day with quizzes at the end of the week.  

English Grammar 101 has great free lessons to teach kids basic grammar.  

I love IEW’s Fix-It Grammar series because it focuses on having kids edit, which is an important skill in writing.  

The Fold-N-Go Grammar Packs from WriteShop are a fun, hands-on way for kids to practice the grammar they need for writing.  

Free Homeschool Writing Resources for NaNoWriMo: Printables

Although I’m not a big one for worksheets, there are times that you can find the perfect printable to help kids develop writing skills.  

One great way to get kids writing is to use copywork. This post has a good collection of free copywork pages.  

This free Silly Sentences printable is a fun way to get reluctant writers writing.   Research writing tends to be one of the most difficult kinds of writing.

This free packet will guide kids through research paper writing.  

In this post you can find free graphic organizers for writing as well as writing process posters and writing prompts.  

Comic strips are a fun way to encourage creative writing. You can find a free printable packet here.

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Homeschool Writing Resources for NaNoWriMo: Activities and Writing Prompts

Looking for ways to get kids writing? These prompts and fun activities will help.  

These writing prompts for teens will tie in nicely with your history curriculum.  

This post is all about using mini offices. And, although you can use them to practice a variety of skills, there are some ideas here that would be great for encouraging writing.  

WriteShop has a number of different StoryBuilders that will get kids writing.  

In this post you can find three ways to inspire kids to write as well as fifty writing prompts for elementary kids.  

Need to get your teens writing? This post has five practical ideas for getting teens to write.  

This post has a huge collection of writing prompts for all ages.  

Looking for a different kind of prompt? This post has lots of picture writing prompts.  

You can find some great ideas for setting up a writing center here.  

A writing jar is a great way for kids to choose prompts to encourage their writing.

This post has instructions for setting one up as well 101 writing prompts.  

If you have Lego lovers, you can find some great Lego story writing prompts here.  

You can sign up for a free writing prompt for every day from WriteShop. They have prompts for grades 3-8 as well as prompts for grades 7-12.

Homeschool writing resources for NaNoWriMo

My Homeschool Writing Curricula Favorites

There are a plethora of curricula resources for homeschoolers available. In fact, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by so many options. Here are some favorites I’ve used, reviewed, or seen recommended by many homeschool moms.  

I’ve never used Brave Writer, but I’ve heard wonderful things about it. I have read The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart, the creator of Brave Writer, and I wish I had come across it when my kids were younger. This post has 25+ resources that go with Brave Writer.  

IEW provides the structure that kids often need to begin writing. Their program is different in that it focuses on teaching the parent or teacher how to teach writing. With IEW, you can learn their method of teaching writing and then use your own source materials for teaching. Or you can purchase their prepared curricula.  

One of my all time favorite writing curricula resources is WriteShop. Their curriculum has a good balance of encouraging creative writing while still giving kids some structure for writing. They have curricula for all ages from primary to high school.

Homeschool writing resources

Whether you want your kids to participate in NaNoWriMo or you’re just encouraging your kids to write, enjoy these homeschool writing resources for NaNoWriMo or anytime and get to writing in your homeschool.

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