Sunday, May 11, 2014

Getting your student to WRITE....

Ok, next to Math....this is the biggest struggle for us.
My youngest son fights me on writing. He has no imagination. I don't get it, the kid reads things like Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia and Mad Scientist Club...... he reads books FULL of imagination and yet, I put paper in front of him and ask him to write something....YIKES!
You would think I had asked him to dance naked in front of a crowd. He screams, he fights, he wails and it ends up becoming a bicker battle between him and I.
Guess what usually happens? I say forget it and we skip the writing.
I just hope he gets a career that doesn't involve anything more than note taking!
But I just can't sit back and wait.
We need something to make sure his brain doesn't stagnant and rot.
Student writing practice is imperative!
So, I gave him a journal and he has to pick a dinosaur and then write down all the information on it he can find. He wants to be a paleontologist when he goes to college. Whether or not this happens, I do not know.
So, until then....we study Earth History and we study dinosaurs and we write how it works for us and we struggle through.
From a writer's viewpoint(mine) it makes me CUH-razy that my child doesn't like to write, but to each his own. And as a Mom, I fully understand that my kids are not exactly like me nor are they like each other.
I deal.... I accept.... I fine solutions that work.
How do you deal with teaching a subject that your child HATES?
Happy Homeschooling!

1 comment:

Katie Shuler said...

The journal thing worked for both of my boys! They didn't love it (they would rather by typing, than writing, lol), but at least giving them their own topics for writing practice motivated them. :)