Teaching Writing to your Homeschool Child

As a homeschool teacher, it's up to you to ensure your student has all the skills needed to become a proficient and enthusiastic writer. Read on to learn more about teaching writng to your homeschooled child.

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Writing is used in nearly every aspect of life - personal and professional. It's critical that students master their writing skills before entering college or the workforce. Homeschool parents sometimes don't know where to start when teaching their children the craft of writing.

Master Reading

Before a child can grasp all of the skills needed for writing, they have to master their reading skills. Reading and writing go hand in hand, so it is impossible to teach one without the other! Encourage your child to read often. Great writers learn by reading the work of other great writers. Ask your child questions about what they have read, focusing on the diction, tone, and voice of the author.

Writing

Once your student has a firm grasp of reading he's ready to move on to writing! Encourage your child to write as much as possible, no matter their skill level. Critiquing and correcting the writing skills can come later, after your child is comfortable with the actual act. A great way to encourage your child to write is to write together. Designate a special time and sit down together several times a week, until your child builds the confidence to set off on their own. You can write stories, poems, journals, letters - anything you want. Essays and research papers should probably wait until you have had the time to teach your child proper grammar and research skills.

Technique

Ask your child what they like about their own writing. How does it compare to the stories they've read? What techniques and devices do authors use in their stories that your child could use to make their writing more engaging? The goal is to get your child to think about how they write in addition to what they writes about. No matter what, never use writing as a form of punishment.

Spelling and Grammar

Don't overload your child with words and rules. These can be learned over time and need not be pushed upon a young writer. The most effective teaching plans and lessons are age appropriate and have significance for the student. If your child really excels at English, it is good to introduce more advanced vocabulary and grammar but don't overwhelm them!

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