Our boys have never been big fans of writing. I have purchased numerous writing curricula, sentence strips, iPad apps, and so forth, but they never really enjoyed it. They completed their assignments because they were just that, assignments. But there was no real joy or enjoyment there. Writing was always something that I loved growing up. And much like reading, I always wanted to instill a similar love in my children. And much like reading, to my dismay, they really didn’t grasp it. However, as time has passed, there have been a few simple things that I have implemented into our school day that finally seem to spark the imagination in my children. What are those things, you ask? Well, keep on reading friend!
- Start journaling. We never correct our kids journals. They are encouraged to write whatever is on their minds and hearts, and not to fear misspelled words or incorrect grammar. Journaling is something we have done since our very first day of homeschooling. It is the one aspect of writing that has never caused frustration and has never been a source of complaint. Our boys have always loved writing in their journals. To this day, I have to set a time limit. Otherwise, they’ll write for hours. (which is not a bad thing!)
- Choose a topic that interests them! Do they love Minecraft? (Our boys love Minecraft. I secretly hate it. Haha!) Have them write about it! Do they love horses? Or Legos? Write about it! Whatever it is that interests them, write about that!
- Make a game out of it! Play the “Finish the Story” game. Have one person say one sentence. The next person adds their own sentence, and so on and so forth until you’ve created a hilarious story as a group. Give them Madlibs! Those are always a hit in our family.
- Have them share their writings with the rest of the family (or friends), in a fun way. We’ve held poetry cafes, a mystery theater, and a comedy club. I’ve made lots of yummy goodies and really amped it up so it would be fun. Our boys each looked forward to those days and even prepared ahead of time (on their own!!) for their writing presentations.
- Start a family “social media wall“. Throughout the day, encourage your children to “post” what is on their minds. This is probably one of the most enjoyable aspects of our boys’ writing day. Since our boys are not allowed to have real social media pages, they really get a kick out of “posting” on our “wall”. Plus, I get a peek inside their sweet (and funny) hearts.
Do you have a reluctant writer? What have you done to help them along the way? Please share! I would love to hear!