Creative Communications by Sandra Garant

“Most of us should be able to find enough reasonable motivation to write or use other communication skills every day. We all have responsibilities we need to remember, relationships we want to keep, problems we ought to resolve, interests we would like to explore, and celebrations in which we enjoy participating. These are meaningful and therefore motivating opportunities for writing, speaking, and drawing.”
-Sandra Garant in Creative Communications: Thirty Writing, Speaking, and Drawing Projects for Homeschoolers

This book is written with Catholic homeschoolers in mind, but it contains ideas that have applications far beyond its intended audience. I first read about Creative Communications in Cathy Duffy’s 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. I had a little trouble getting a copy for the library’s collection, but I’m glad I went through the extra effort. Garant’s philosophy is that the best way to teach writing is through emphasizing writing’s practical everyday uses: making lists, sending letters, designing signs, and the like. She encourages creativity and shows how activities like storytelling and scrapbooking build writing skills. The book is divided into five sections: “Writing Games,” “Pre-writing Activities,” “Short Projects for Ready Writers,” “Advanced Projects for Real Writers,” and “Additional Information.” While Garant’s Catholic faith is evident in some of the activities and examples, her activities would be useful to any number of homeschoolers, classroom teachers, and parents who want to encourage writing – no matter what their faith. Even though some readers will be turned off by the Catholic perspective, many more will either welcome it or look past it. Garant’s straightforward and concise writing style makes the book user-friendly and unintimidating. As a librarian, I love Garant’s frequent suggestions for using public libraries. She suggests getting materials there more than once (even providing call number sections one might want to browse to find particular types of books), and she suggests a number of projects homeschoolers might do in conjunction with their local libraries, such as presenting programs and creating displays. Because the book is geared toward a niche market, it might be best-suited for larger collections, although a little extra promotion will surely have it circulating beyond Catholic homeschoolers.

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2 Comments on “Creative Communications by Sandra Garant”

  1. Margaret Farrell Says:

    I would like to purchase a copy of “It’s a Mystery: The Holy Trinity”, but cannot obtain it through Barnes and Noble. How can I obtain a copy throught the mail.

    Margaret Farrell
    P.O. Box 4753
    Oceanside, CA 92052-4753
    farrell.margaret.a@gmail.com
    (760) 435-1494

  2. Adrienne Says:

    Margaret,

    Is this what you’re looking for (from Catholic Heritage Curricula):

    http://www.chcweb.com/catalog/Exclusives/ItsaMysteryRetreats/catalog.html

    ?

    I don’t see a postal address on their website (although I may just be missing it–it’s a big site), but there’s a form and an email address here:

    http://www.chcweb.com/catalog/contact.html?s=68e160073116a6495f313d5eae264a92


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