There are many things that I want to help Ronin improve during his first homeschool year. Things that perhaps others would take for granted as part of a naturally developing student. I have found that there are some basic tenets of learning that Ronin struggles with, but given time and guidance, he can grasp and successfully learn. One of those things is adding detail to his work. In the past, he has always done just enough to be passable. You could tell that he cared nothing of the subject and wanted nothing more than to get it "off his plate" so to speak. Sadly, I always wondered if that was something he would do all the time - how do you instill a desire to care about your work?
Well, apparently the answer was right in front of me. Write about what you know! And that's exactly what we do. For now, his fascination with sea animals, in particular sharks, have not waned. Below is a picture map he drew that he explained was both map and diagram that included his favorite gamer characters as they battled the ever destructive sharkosaurus (at least that's what I think he called it). This was the first time I witnessed him put so much thought and detail into his work. It was certainly more than I asked or expected and he spent quite some time working diligently on it.
Afterwards he gave me a lengthy explanation about his drawing and what it all meant. He was very proud to share all the details (in sequential order to boot!) and how they were significant to moving his "plot" forward. I was so impressed with his train of thought I just had to document it. You have no idea what an improvement this is for him from a speech point-of-view and from a learning standpoint as well. I hope this is the beginning of his love of storytelling.