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The Homegrown Newspaper

Create the 1st Edition of Your Own Newspaper Writing Alongside 10 Year Old Dylan

This course covers the why and how of publishing a print newspaper as an elementary-aged child. This unique course is taught peer-to-peer in an active approach with Dylan walking you through each step of the process. There are multiple stopping points in each module so that you are working on your newspaper alongside Dylan.

At the end of the 10 classes, you will have the first edition of your newspaper completed with the tools necessary to continue publishing additional editions.

Not only does Dylan bring his expertise and charm, but the course is overseen by both of his parents who have taught in middle and high schools, homeschool their children and work for a college textbook publisher.

This course can serve as your child's English/Language Arts credit or can be supplementary. The newspapers produced will be perfect for portfolios and can count as a journalism credit.

Preview Class 4 - Module 1 on Pro & Con Articles to get a peek at this course. Show your children and they will want to start their own newspaper today!


Your Instructor


Dylan McDonough
Dylan McDonough

Dylan McDonough is an intelligent, creative, 10 year old who started his own print newspaper, The Bugle Blast, when he was 8 years old in the 3rd grade. His monthly newspaper covered what he was learning in school as well as life and field trip experiences. It included various types of newspaper articles. The second year of writing and publishing the newspaper also included an online version at www.TheBugleBlast.com. Dylan also enjoys creating other forms of writing such as comics, fictional stories and screenplays. His first screenplay, Humpty Dumpty: The Mystery was performed in May 2019 by the Koinonia Kids Dramatic Storytelling Class. Dylan also enjoys other creative outlets such as cartooning, piano and drum playing, and seeking adventures in the great outdoors with friends.


Course Curriculum



"My son and I have always struggled with writing. This child-to-child approach has truly broken barriers. Dylan's course has finally made us look forward to writing and starting our own articles. Two thumbs up!!!" - Cheryl, KS

"The module on 5 Paragraph Essays was superb! Using the many examples within Dylan's newspaper, The Bugle Blast, and walking through helpful graphic organizers, my 2nd and 4th graders truly understand how to write 5 paragraph essays now. This is a great course for struggling writers or children who already love to write." - Diane, MI

"Dylan was fun and I learned a lot. I love that I can write a newspaper about my world and my interests. I can write about Star Wars, field trips or whatever! It was cool to be taught by a kid my age and learn a lot." - Olivia, age 9

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Other questions?
We would love to answer any questions you may have. Email us at [email protected]

Still not sure? Read Dylan's newspaper, The Bugle Blast, at www.TheBugleBlast.com. From Dylan's third grade articles on what he was learning in school, recipes he tried, field trips he participated in and more, you can see his growth in writing articles over the years. He learned to write new styles of articles such as pro & con articles, and has the expertise to teach others. Dylan can attest to the fact that having his own newspaper has him writing more than ever, but with a purpose and a real audience! Have your children read Dylan's newspaper online and see if they would like their own newspaper as well. Prepare for an amazing adventure reading your child's own newspaper!

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