Whether your child loves writing or hates it, there is a good chance they are going to have to do a good bit of it over the course of their lifetime. For this reason, it is best to encourage the cultivation of this skill while your student is still fairly young. Of course, most parents already know this fact, and it often leads homeschooling parents to push their children too far, causing a hatred for the very act of writing.
Fortunately, there are ways to encourage young students to develop their writing skills without excessive pushing and prodding. Here are a few ideas for helping your child find their inner writer.
All good writers are also avid readers. At least, that is what I’ve come to find. Therefore, providing your student with high-quality reading material and encouraging them to pick it up or even reading it to them once a day is a wonderful way to plant the writing seed.
After all, by showing your child what good writing looks like and helping them hear what it sounds like, you are giving them a good model to go off of whenever they decide to put pen to paper.
Journaling is the perfect way to get a reluctant writer to pick up a pen (or keyboard) and put their thoughts on the page. This is because there are no rules in journaling. This gives the student freedom to write about anything and everything they see fit, making the experience a fun and freeing one rather than a dull chore.
Give your child a notebook and a pen, allow them to express themselves through whatever kind of writing they enjoy, and see where it leads. The results may surprise you.
Set the Mood
Trust me when I say that writer’s block is a very real thing. However, many times I am able to overcome this issue by changing my surroundings. Find what helps your student focus and attempt to create that environment for him or her. This may mean diffusing oils, allowing them to write in bed, or sitting outside. However, the end results will be well worth the extra effort.
Just as free-journaling can be an excellent tool for encouraging a reluctant writer, writing prompts are perfect for helping a willing writer find something to write about.
For this reason, I recommend keeping a running list of writing prompts for those days when your child cannot think of anything to journal about. Make these prompts interesting and allow for plenty of creativity by skipping any constricting rules in your prompts.
Join a Class
For many children, a fun yet focused writing class can work wonders when it comes to getting their creative juices flowing. The writing classes here at The Loop are a great option for young writers who crave this sort of environment.
By combining excellent instruction with fun subject matter and a group of friends, young authors will blossom in these classes and will finish with works that they can be proud of, something that fuels further exploration in the world of writing.
Are you interested in signing up for one of the writing classes here at The Loop? We would love to have you! Please contact Miss Alanna at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.