I need some advice:
My 8 year old loves telling stories...always has from the time he could speak. But he HATES anything that involves him having to read or write. Currently he is in a private school (was homeschooled last year and will be homeschooled again next year). I'm concerned that he is confusing story telling with lies, and that one of these days his lie will get someone in trouble. He came home once and very enthusiastically told me about a boy that was bullying him on the playground. It was a very in depth story (and being told in an excited manor nothing like a child who had actually been bullied) and insisted it really happened. When I told him that I would have to go into the school to talk to the teacher about it, he told me it was a pretend story. He also made up this in depth story about how his teacher lets anyone who brings their lunch eat part of it for snack in the morning, but he is the only one not allowed. He insisted several times that this was true, until again I told him I would talk to his teacher. Then he told me it was a story. I have told him several times that he can't make up stories about other people that might get them in trouble if they aren't true. I could give many other examples. But besides these types of stories, he makes up other stories that are harmless....every day, almost constantly!
I bought him a journal before and encouraged him to write in it and share it with us if he wanted to. Even just draw his stories in pictures instead of writing words if he wanted. He never touched it. I was thinking about every day as an assignment, requiring him to write a story or 2, and then the next day he can take his journal to school with him and share his stories with his friends if he'd like. I know he doesn't like writing, and will get upset about it at first, but I think he will get excited once he starts reading his stories to others just as he does when he simply tells them. I want to somehow turn this into good, while teaching him that he HAS to separate stories from lies that could harm others. What do you think?