Sunday, July 22, 2012

Online Writing Tutor

The thought of teaching writing scares many a homeschool parent. It doesn't have to. Teaching writing can be broken down into manageable bites. These small bites remove the dread and fear from what is otherwise an overwhelming task.

Sometimes it is not that teaching writing is overwhelming, to many it is simply too time consuming and frustrating. Writing is a process that includes much time spent re-doing over and over...editing. Beginning with simple sentence writing is key. Once the student understands how to write a solid sentence, he can move on to more complex sentences and then the paragraph. 

There are lots of ways to incorporate writing into your everyday life. Here are some ideas to get your student started in a nonthreatening way:

  • Write the grocery list
  • Write a thank you letter
  • Write reasons for getting a larger allowance
  • Write a pen pal
  • Answer an editorial in the newspaper
  • Write a fan letter
  • Write a poem
  • Write the dinner menu
  • Write captions for comics you draw
  • Keep a journal
Another wonderful idea for teaching writing is to use an online writing tutor. Many times the student will listen to someone else much better than they will listen to their parent. The use of a tutor takes pressure off the parent. It is not always easy to critique your child's writing. You might be too hard or too easy. 

Don't be afraid to seek outside help for your student. It doesn't mean you are a failure, on the contrary, it shows that you care about your student. After all, not every subject is fun to teach. 

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