Teaching writing is one of the biggest hurdles homeschooling families face. First, parents often feel insecure, inadequate, and under-equipped. For many of you, teaching writing ranks right up there with a trip to the dentist.
Second, children are paralyzed by writer’s block, fear, and perfectionism. Most students want to write a paper once and declare it done. They hope we’ll rave over it and accept it as a finished product. The smallest hint of suggestion from Mom sets off howls of protest: Why can’t I leave it this way? You never like anything I write!
Blank paper, reluctant child, and insecure parent—combine these three ingredients together and your hopes for teaching writing will be dashed on the rocks.
Learn how to 1) recognize some of the most common stumbling blocks to writing that stand in the way of your child’s success, and 2) determine how your writing strategy can help. Take heart! These stumbling blocks are neither so heavy that they can’t be moved, nor so tall that they can’t be scaled.
Here are the Ten Stumbling Blocks covered in this guide:
- Lack of confidence
- Limited writing skills and tools
- Lack of motivation
- Limited writing vocabulary
- Perfectionism and self-criticism
- Worry about criticism from mom or dad
- Wondering what’s the point of the assignment
- Learning difficulties that interfere with the writing process
More importantly, this guide offers you solutions to help your student overcome these obstacles. Most suggestions are aimed at older students (5th or 6th grade through high school). Still, parents of younger children will find tips and suggestions that you can apply now. By doing so, you can begin to ward off some of these problems early on, setting your children up for greater writing success in the future.
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