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HubPages to Improve Childrens' Written Expression

Updated on February 9, 2015

HubPages Writing School

In this hub I would like to explain how I have found a way to offset the damage being done to the writing skills of our children as a result of their over dependence on text messaging. In this present age of social networking via mobile phone and computer the quality of our childrens' written expression is suffering and I needed to do something about it. HubPages has become a very valuable tool in my fight to restore the balance and in this hub I explain how I have used HubPages to motivate my children to improve their writing skills and raise the quality of their written expression.

Isle of Man for Families

My wife and I are both in our 50's and we have four children. The youngest is twelve and the eldest is sixteen. All four are very bright talented children who excel in all areas; academically, in sport, music, art and drama. My wife has been instrumental in encouraging them to pursue their interests in music and drama and I have been the one who brought them to the track to train with them during the cross-country and track seasons.

I moved to the Isle of Man with my family from Ireland in 2002 and it has turned out to be the best decision we have ever made. The Isle of Man is the ideal place to bring up small children. It is a safe environment in that we don't need to lock our doors at night and the children are safe to walk the dog by themselves on the headlands overlooking the sea or on the beach. We don't fear for our children's safety the way many people do all over the world.


Opportunities for Families in the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man also offers opportunities that are simply not available anywhere else for young children growing up without having to travel great distances and spend lots of money. In our community we have an elementary school and high school that are within walking distance. There is an all weather hockey and astro turf pitch. We have football pitches, rugby fields and a running track. The school gyms are available for clubs to use after school for table tennis, basketball and netball. There is a swimming pool within walking distance and during the summer the children spend the day playing on the beach and jumping off the storm wall in the harbour.

The only extras we pay for are the very small club subs and their singing and piano lessons. The school provides their violin lessons . The school also provides all of their text books, exercise books pencils, pens and any other materials for free. The philosophy here is that every child is entitled to an education for free whether they want it or not and this thinking serves people like us very well indeed.


Juggling Family Life and Work

I work for two hours every morning at the local high school teaching Mathematics to children with learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural problems and in the afternoon and evening my wife and I share the private hypno-psychotherapy clinic we run from home. This means that there is always one of us available for our children and that is the way it has been for us here.

Social Networking Sabotages Writing Skills

Although our children are very bright I noticed that their written expression left much to be desired. I put this down to the social networking phenomenon that now consumes this generation of children. Their communication is mostly by e-mail and text messages and they have gotten into very habits. I don't judge the way young people communicate nowadays but I also want my children to be able to express themselves eloquently when necessary.

HubPages Family Competition

I came up with the idea that each child would submit to my wife and I a story of their choice every Sunday by 7pm. We would meet in the sitting room and each would read. My wife and I would grade the stories and give them feedback. We would then help them edit their work and each child would then publish their work in their own HubPage account on HubPages. By doing this we created yet another way for our children to do something with us that we feel passionate about and at the same time improve their own writing skills.

The children love it and we all look forward to our HubPages writing club every Sunday. The hubs are all up on HubPages before they go to bed and we have now also discovered a great way for us to communicate with each other through our stories.

Using HubPages to Write for Life

HubPages have provided yet another opportunity for our  family to do something together and I want to say thank you the HubPages for this and to encourage you all to see past  all the limitations you place on yourselves and realise the wonderful opportunities that exist all around you.

Life is a game. Play it! And enjoy the game with your family and friends while you can because all games come to an end when Mommy calls you home for bedtime.

I hope my children continue this tradition long after we have finished our game of life but whether or not they do, I feel confident that I have done everything in my power to ensure that they play the game of their lives with confidence and gusto!

The Secret to Successful Writing Revealed!

Please take the time to watch this less than 3 minutes video all the way through because the famous writer Ray Bradbury reveals something very important to anyone who really takes their writing seriously.

Writing for "I"


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      Xavier Nathan 7 years ago from Isle of Man

      RH thank you for visiting and your comments always boost my morale.

      Yes, I feel very lucky to have found this island and the wonderful opportunity it afforded us to bring up our children so safely. I will spend this afternoon jumping into the sea from the high wall in the harbour with all of my children and everyone else's too HaHa.

      I am like a big kid and haven't really grown up so this place suits me fine.

      Encourage your children to write and we will follow them and encourage them. If you set it up they will learn to love it in time.

      My children are also in the local amateur dramatic and musical society which puts on a few shows every year and they rehearse every Tues and thurs night and that is very good for them.

      We have given them every chance (all the chances my wife and I never had).

      we have opted for a simple life and do not have many of the material things that others have but we are happy and that is what counts.

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      Kelly Umphenour 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      SW - I am always wondering what text messaging is doing to the written language. It makes me cringe. How smart you are to have the kids write a weekly story! I bet Syd would love to do this - Maddy would cry:)! Haha! She is working on the coping skills!

      You make me want to pack my things and move to your Island! It sounds like a paradise for families.

      Mr.Bradbury mentions that all of his earlier writing was terrible looking back at it. That is what I wonder about with hub pages! Will I look back at it and think that? Ugh!

      Excellent hub. You never disappoint!

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      Xavier Nathan 7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Ashantina for your vote of confidence. I really do appreciate your feedback and you taking the time to read my hub. Our children are only with us for a short time and the time passes quickly. My wife and I do our best to make that time as special as we can. We are not the Waltons but there is no harm in creating nice memories for us all to look back on. Mobile phones and FaceBook do not create the same kind of lasting memories.

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      Ashantina 7 years ago

      What a fantastic way to enhance your childrens communication skills!! With distractions such as TV and technology, this is such a natural and wonderful way to maintain that bond with your family.

      Voted up/awesome/useful!