I’m not sure why, but when it comes to teaching writing at home, the idea scares many parents half to death. Is it because they feel they don’t write well enough to teach it? Could the reason it doesn’t get taught be that language arts products sometimes skimp over the writing process or don’t cover it at all? Do some people just assume that writing happens (magically? through Osmosis?) on its own? Or do folks still believe the antiquated notion that good writing is reserved for the educated elite or gray-haired librarians and English teachers?
Whatever the reason, the teaching of writing confounds many a parent. And because of that, writing may be ignored in homes lacking the tools, instruction or a confident person to guide it.
That’s why this month’s “Try It Tuesday” conversation is all about: TEACHING WRITING.
As a mom who has raised a gaggle of writers so far, I love to share what I have learned about writing instruction. But I continue to learn from each young writer I meet, so my children and my writing students are always my favorite teachers!
Some of my favorite tips to encourage young writers include:
Using Writing Prompts: Writing prompts can help kids get past the chore of figuring out what to write. Sometimes, when given an idea, the writing will come. They don’t work for every child, but are always worth a try!
Let Kids Choose: Sometimes, instead of being given an assignment, kids prefer to choose what things to write about. If this describes your child, allow her to come up with a list of possible things she can write about. Then, use her list all year long, so she’ll never be at a loss for writing ideas she herself has come up with.
Keep in Mind that Writing Comes in Many Forms: Reluctant writers may be allowed to write anything they like. Keep in mind that lists, captions, riddles, lyrics, ads, notes and slogans are all examples of writing. If your child won’t write, short assignments like these will get him writing — even if only a little bit at a time.
Consider Copywork: Copywork is a great way for students to see examples of great writing and learn some of the styles, techniques and tricks used by great writers. Incorporatinge copywork into your homeschooling day has other benefits for your student, too, such as practicing penmanship and learning new material, too!
Shop Wisely: Writing curriculum products exist, but not all are suitable for every student. For the best possible match, select writing products just like you would any other curriculum: by thinking about your goals for the course/student, how that student learns best, and ways the product may or may not fit in with your general homeschooling philosophy.
There are many writing products available for purchase. Here are just a few, with direct links to the author, publisher or distributor:
But — tips about teaching writing don’t end here…
Readers want to hear from you — parents who have been there, in the trenches, with your unique students, each who bring to writing their individual writing gifts and challenges…
So, drop whatever you’re doing and join the conversation!
Share your questions, comments, tips and fears about writing instruction at home. Tell readers what products and techniques you love best. Post your articles and blog posts using the Linky, too — can’t wait to see what you have to share! (Grab the button as needed!)
And thanks for stopping by!
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