When Writing is Too Boring
5 Tips for Teaching Creative Writing in Homeschool
- Stop making them hand write their thoughts and expressions.
- Try allowing dictation. Let them tell you their stories, ideas and/or thoughts and you handwrite exactly what they are saying.
- Illustration. Ask your student to illustrate a story. Let them draw the images that are in their mind. After they have completed an illustrated story booklet, have them tell you the story out loud. Then, ask them if they are willing to write the story in the booklet so others can read it. If not, ask them if they will help you to write it by re-telling the story. Re-telling and seeing it written out will help them to understand the process of “writing.”
- Let them type their story. Let’s face it, our children are growing up in the digital age. So let them explore that keyboard and learn to type in the process of creatively expressing their thoughts. (This option has worked wonders for my sons desire to participate in “writing”).
- Set up the speech recognition software on your computer and allow your child to speak their story into a word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Notepad. Since the computer doesn’t automatically add in punctuation, the student either learns to speak those, or must manually go back in and add them.
Here’s How To Set Up Speech Recognition on a PC using Windows 7.
- Click the start button
- Click Control Panel
- Select “Ease of Access” or Accessibility Settings
- Click Speech Recognition
- Follow Prompts
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I’m not saying handwriting isn’t important. I think it is very important and should be taught, I’m suggesting that a creative or expository writing assignment isn’t necessarily the time to focus on handwriting, especially if you have a struggling, reluctant, hesitant or bored student. Whatever way you choose to allow your child to creatively express thought, remember that your goal is to prepare them for the future ahead.
What creative ways do you encourage your children to express themselves?
Take a look at this Hangout with me and my friends from the iHomeschool Network Teaching Writing Google + Hangout for more encouragement for teaching writing.