How to Encourage Good Writing Skills in Your Child
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4. Illustrate it. Sometimes kids like to draw but don't like to write. Jumpstart imaginations by combining the two. Write a story together, if only a short paragraph, and then let them illustrate it. Find a funny picture, or remove captions from cartoons and have the kids write about it.
5. Just let them write. Let the grammar go while they get their ideas on paper. It's hard; I know. But it's important to let them be creative and realize that they can write. Don't hover over them pointing out errors. Yes, grammar is important, and it has its place in a student's learning plan. Concentrate on the good things they've done first, and then address issues that need work down the road. A gentle and balanced approach will reap big results.
Writing is a necessary skill for life. It dovetails with good communication - and you need to communicate in every walk of life. Help them stretch their writing skills; you'll give them an edge for their future.
KAREN LANGE homeschooled her three children through grades K-12. She is a freelance writer and homeschool consultant. Her booklet, The Only Homeschool Booklet You Need to Start Your Very Own Best Co-op Ever!, is available at www.theoldschoolhousestore.com. Karen is the creator of the Homeschool Online Creative Writing Co-op for teens. Visit the co-op web site at www.hswritingcoop.bravehost.com, or write to Karen at [email protected]