I love family history and I think it makes for an awesome homeschool writing ideas. You can take this idea and adjust according to the age of your children.
Elementary Homeschool Writing Assignment:
Have your child select one member of your family and write a story about something that they have just done. It can be a brother or sister or even a parent. The story should be something that has recently happened. Make sure they answer some of the basic reporting questions: Who, What, Where, When, How, etc… Help them craft the story and get into the details of the event.
7th or 8th Grade Homeschool Writing Assignment:
For your older children, you need to add a level of difficulty. You can do this one or two ways. First, ask them to involve interviews with a part of their report. Ask other people for their perspective of an event. A family vacation is a great place to start. Another way to make this a little more challenging is to use a grandparent as the focus of the story and give an account of something that happened a long time ago.
I did this once (when I was 30 years old) and learned about a time when my grandfather and his brothers walked home from school. His younger brother had broken his foot/ankle during the walk, but nobody believed that he was really hurt. They made him walk all the way home. That made for a great part of the story because Grandpa still remembered how poorly he felt when they really found out about the seriousness of the injury. Have your children get into the details about the experiences. The interview process brings a really valuable level to the assignment. Help your child develop questions that they can ask. Here are some examples:
1. Where were you born? What year?
2. What are the names and birthdates of your brothers and sisters?
3. Did you have a pet when you were growing up?
4. Did you get an allowance?
5. Who was more strict, your mom or dad?
6. What were your favorite games and activities?
7. What chores were assigned to you?
8. What did your house look like? Is it still the same?
9. Did your house have electricity when you were young?
10. What traditions did your family have?
11. Did your family have big reunions?
12. Did you like school? What kinds of grades did you get?
13. What were your favorite subjects?
14. When you were a teenager, what time did you have to be home at night?
15. How old were you when you met grandma/grandpa?
16. How old were you when you got married?
17. What was your first job?
18. Tell me about my mom/dad when he/she was growing up.
19. What makes you proud of my mom/dad?
20. Have you accomplished what you wanted in life?
21. What do you think the President should do for the country now?
22. What advice would you like to give me?
Pre-K Homeschool Assignment:
You can even have younger children that can’t write do these assignments. Just have them tell you the story and you write it down for them.
(HINT: Don’t “grow-up” their language; just leave it exactly how they say it even if it does not make sense. You will be glad you did later on when you are laughing about how they saw a certain experience).