Getting homeschoolers to write can be hard work, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting started is usually the hardest part. Here are some ideas that can prompt your child to write and maybe even enjoy writing:
1. Make an album: find some old or new pictures and ask your child to paste them on a page and write a caption or description for each picture so they don’t forget who the person is or what they did when looking at it for years . later. Sometimes pictures of babies or toddlers can make your child want to write even more about what they did.
2. Write letters: Your children can draw pictures and / or write letters to friends or family. If they are very reluctant, you can write a letter and let the child add a sentence or two or a picture. These letters can also be for imaginary figures like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
3. Retell a popular story: Use your child’s favorite fairy tale and have him retell the story from a different perspective. If they like Little Red Riding Hood, ask them to tell the story from the tip of the wolf.
4. Make lists (lots of them!) – When you’re in the car, have a child write down his shopping list as you dictate it. When you go on vacation, ask your child to make lists of what he or she needs to bring. Make birthday lists, Christmas lists, favorite book lists, lists of what you want to do this summer, and many more.
5. Take turns telling a story: Have each person in the group write a paragraph of a story. One person can start and then pass it on to the next person to add another paragraph until they have walked through the group a few times or until they think their story is finished. This could provide fun entertainment.
6. Take turns writing a poem: Along the same lines, you can adapt the above example to write poetry. Each person writes a line of a poem and continues to play it until they feel their poem is complete.
Homeschooling students can enjoy writing. You may need to be a bit more creative with some students than others. Learning to express their ideas can help them enormously, especially as they become teenagers and later adults.