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Hi Becky! I found this site after our talk at Swim/Gym today. We are going to try the "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" lesson - dictation style!
I'm new to this site. I thought I had posted a reply last night, but I don't see it anywhere. So, here I go again. I am a homeschool mom and I have been using Time4writing which is a great writing program. Your child responses to a prompt or questions and a teacher corrects it on the other end and sends it back. I am using it as a supplemental resource, but I have seen some possible results.
I am a homeschooler as well. I teach my two boys who are 11 and 8. Writing is definitely our most challenging subject. My older son is a reluctant writer and my younger one loves to write, but doesn't want any feedback. Both present their challenges. I like Razzle Dazzle as well and the six-traits method is fantastic. I love the writingfix website and I'm thankful to all these teachers who put so much time and energy into building this resource.
There are many reasons why kids can be apprehensive about writing. If the assignments are smaller and focused on a specific writing trait, the student isn't so overwhelmed. Writingfix has many lessons to draw from that are smaller in scope and focus in on one or two writing traits. Also, consider "alternative" writing assignments. I love the Wacky We-Search ideas. Here is a link on writingfix: http://writingfix.com/RICA/Wacky_We_Search_Reports/millionaire1.htm
Also, let your son write about things that interest him. Obviously, you can't stick to that forever, but if it helps to motivate him and allows him to gain confidence in his skill, than that would be a good thing! :)
I have been teaching writing for our homeschool co-op for about 4 years now, and I have students who said they hated writing when we began. However, over the years they have gained considerable skill and even though writing may not be their favorite subject, they do not have such animosity towards it anymore. :)
Writing is an invaluable skill.......best of luck to you!
Esther Foster said:
Hi, I'm another Homeschooler who has a 12 boy who HATES writing. This is my first time on this site. So if anyone has any ideas to help me out that would be great. I am looking foward to finding out everything I can to help him out.
I've got a 10th grader who hates, I mean hates, writing. He's competent. Amazing. But he won't do it without threats. The 5th grader is really struggling. Seems she wrote better last year. Unprompted, she will write something totally nonsensical using no modifiers at all, no adjectives, no adverbs. It's a real struggle. But they are both marathon readers..... And they read on their own. I have to assign them progressively more difficult material to read, and they sometimes balk, but the 5th grader can read Shakespeare with us together, so that's going great!
But writing? I need all the help I can get. Complicated by a 3 year old constantly interrupting, of course. These are my grandchildren. Site looks very promising!
How kind of you to homeschool your grandchildren! If your 10th grader requires threats to do his writing assignments, perhaps you could check into a local community college and see if they offer dual credit in an English/Composition course. Perhaps he will be more inclined to do the work for a professor? At his age, it isn't about whether he loves the subject or not, it is about what he needs for high school graduation and college preparation.
He needs to respect his teacher, whether that is you or a prof, and do the work! ;)
For your 5th grader, I would suggest looking at some of the writing fix lessons on word choice to enhance the use of modifiers. You may have a certain expectation for your grandchildren in their writing, because they read at such a high level. Instead, simply take your grand-daughter at her skill level, wherever that is, and teach her there. Don't frustrate her or yourself by aiming at a level she cannot obtain right now. That is one of the perks of homeschooling~! Just because it says "5th grade" on the workbook, we all know that doesn't necessarily mean it will work for YOUR 5th grader. It may be too difficult or too easy! Meet them where they are....and encourage them to improve from there! Happy homeschooling! :)