If you’re looking for something new to shake up your writing curriculum, I’ve found it. Faithwriters for Kids is a safe, Christian writing website exclusively for kids. It’s an off-shoot of Faithwriters, a Christian writing site that I’ve been a member of for several years. It’s helped many published authors hone their craft, and now they are expanding into the arena of children’s writing.
Faithwriters for Kids is geared for ages 7-14. There are seven different categories for children to submit their writing and is broken down into four age groups. Only registered members may leave comments on the submitted articles, but the comments are set and chosen from a drop-down menu. Cute smilie icons add even more fun to leaving comments.
The big draw for both homeschool moms and students is the weekly writing topics. With a new topic introduced each Thursday, moms can easily integrate the prompt into weekly lesson planning. The gratifying feedback received when others comment, encourages kids to continue writing.
Now the writing contest has an incentive that should encourage your students without any help from you—cash prizes. For the writing contest, there are only two age groups, and the top two winners in each group receive gift certificates, and the two winning entries are published in FW magazine. The current topic: The New Year Contest: A Fresh Start. You can find more details about the contest here. The deadline for entry is December 12.