The Homeschool Minute ~ Todd Wilson
Who are we kidding here? If you’re like most homeschoolers, every subject can seem overwhelming at times. It’s not that you’re not smart enough to teach your children. God has, after all, equipped you to train and teach your children all they need to know to lead productive, God-honoring lives. But it can still be overwhelming, especially when it pertains to writing.
Where do you start? How much should you require your children to write? What if your child hates to write? What do you do when your best friend’s child is writing plays and novels while yours can’t even write a legible “Thank You” note?
Here’s my simple advice: relax, plug away, and enjoy each child’s giftedness (because not all children are gifted with words).
You know your child. Are words his/her thing? Maybe he expresses himself with art, building, or bugs. Amazingly sometimes THOSE gifts become the catalyst that transfers the need to write.
I’ve heard lots of stories of moms who were overwhelmed by their child’s lack of writing skills only to be astounded by the same child who grows a little older and wants to communicate something he’s interested in. Especially in this texting age … writing seems to be a learn-by-necessity exercise.
So, relax and enjoy all the misspellings, the incomplete sentences, and their lack of motivation. Just plug away and have a great day with each of your children.
Todd … the kid (and adult) who still doesn’t know many parts of speech beyond a noun!
PS. If you feel like you need some real expert writing help, check out my friend, Andrew Pudewa’s great writing program!
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