Encouraging Writing Skills

Creative writing… research… book reports… project summaries…

All of these things can be the student’s nightmare.  But why?  It is crazy to think that writing would be something that the child just gets perfectly.  It takes teaching, training, grammar skills, spelling skills, vocabulary, punctuation skills, an ability to engage the reader, a creative use of words. It takes MANY skills to become a profitient writer. I suppose that is why many children dread the practice of incorporating all these skills. Yet, to become a proficient writer the student has to practice… practice… practice…  Remember the old adage… Practice makes perfect? It is so true when it comes to writing skills. 

A while back I was very concerned about my two oldest daughters and tried to think of a way to encourage them to get writing. I had tried several types of homeschool writing curriculums without satisfaction. Then I finally had it! I started a blog for each of them.  I allowed them to “decorate” it as they wished, and told them they needed to write in it at least once a week. They started blog writing with enthusiasm. The first creative writing assignment that I didn’t get complaints about… now that’s learning with fun!

Homeschooling High School

The high school student is an amazing and wonderful creature.  It is that child that we hugged and kissed to make their booboos better… just a little taller and a little more mature!  They are still those sweet inquisitive people, they have just changed form.  I am so excited to see the really nice people my teenagers are growing into! Yet, that doesn’t take away the difficultly level of homeschooling these wonderful young adults.  I have found alot of super curriculum to help make our journey a bit more enjoyable.  We use Rosetta stone for language, Apologia for science, I teach her math, and she does a literature based study for history… but with writing… well that is a whole ‘nother story!

We struggle with writing… so using a blog format to get her creative writing juices flowing was super.  She enjoys the creativity that goes along with the blog, but she actually writes on  her own, which really is half the battle!  If your high schooler struggles with learning to blog, why don’t you check out a blog writing course? There alot to be learned about how to manage and write well for the cyber world. So, reach for those resources that really make homeschooling the highschooler manageable!