Friday, December 14, 2012
Writing is very important these days, especially for kids planning on attending college. It is also important for kids once they hit the workforce. Sadly, many kids struggle with writing when they don’t have to. Many parents struggle with teaching writing. There is a solution.
Homeschool Mom: “Johnny, today’s assignment is an easy one. I want you to write a story about the meaning of Christmas. Make sure you have a good beginning, middle, and end. Make sure you have quality paragraphs… You know how to go about good paragraph writing. I covered it two years ago, remember? We spent a whole two days on it. Be sure to check your spelling and punctuation. Begin with a great attention getting topic sentence. Make sure you close by restating your main idea. Hmmm, go ahead and make it between 1000 and 1500 words. That shouldn’t take too long. Oh, and you might as well write an outline draft first. Well, what are you waiting for? I have other things on the agenda today too”
Johnny: “An attention grabber what?? Topic sentence where?? 800-1000 words! I might as well concede now. At least I know a great paragraph consists of three sentences. I think I better make a Christmas wish for Santa to write this essay for me. I’m doomed.”
Can you feel Johnny’s frustration? He has no idea what Mom is asking him to do. She assumes he soaked up all her teaching. Johnny is sure he will have to muster every the, and, is , of…to help reach the 1000 to 1500 word death count since he now feels totally overwhelmed by Mom.
Can you relate to the silly story above? Some high school homeschool kids need structured writing lessons, and sometimes Mom is just not the one to do the instructing. The Mom above is stressing Johnny out, and is clearly not in tune with him. Many times kids listen better to someone else. An online writing tutor is a great solution for situations like this.
A tutor has the ability to be more objective with students. They have no preconceived notions, and have years of specialized training in all areas of writing. Students tend to work harder for the tutor than they do for Mom.
If you find yourself in this type of situation, give an online writing tutor a shot. You just might be surprised how much your child will thank you!
Thanks, I spoke to one tutor who helped my students a bit and then convinced me to switch to a different homeschool math curriculum.