Sunday, July 16, 2017
Writing for the Future
No matter what we do in life, it is necessary to write, and the more our writing improves, the better we will communicate. Teaching writing can be intimidating, especially if you don't feel like a good writer. Here are some tips you can use to encourage your students to write.
1. READ TO YOUR STUDENTS
Make family reading a priority in your home, even if it is once a week. The benefits of exposure to literature are endless. We read the Mandie series, biographies, carefully chosen classics, and more. You can often tell which students have been read to or are readers. They have a sense of what sounds right when writing because they have been exposed to good literature. Reading quality literature together is a huge step towards developing your child's writing skills.
2. SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
Let your students see you writing. Even if the only things you write are letters, lesson plans, and grocery lists, you are still writing. Keep writing and encourage your students to do so.
3. WRITE TOGETHER
When it comes to writing, especially for reluctant writers, fun is the key. Engage students by finding short, interesting activities to start. Try writing a continuing story, silly poem, or a family newspaper together.
4.ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO KEEP A JOURNAL
This can take a variety of forms, ranging from a current events journal to a field trip journal. this can be done daily or weekly, depending on your schedule. Encourage your student to write and then share their writing with the rest of the family.
5. JUST LET THEM WRITE
Let the grammar go while they get their ideas on paper. It can be hard sometimes; 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; but wouldn't you rather see them feel comfortable getting their ideas down as opposed to hating to write?
6. ABOVE ALL, PRAY!
If the Lord has called you to teach your children at home, then He will provide the means to see it through. There are many resources available to help inspire students to write. Explore these many resources and then as the Lord to help you determine which one is just right for your student. Nothing is too small or insignificant to pray about - even teaching writing!
Your students will need to write no matter what they do in life. Be patient, they are works in progress. Help them stretch their writing and they'll be writing for the future.