July 2, 2009
Being asked to write seems to get some of the biggest groans from my 9-year-old son. (Yes, even more than math!) He always says that he HATES to write. I think some of his difficulties are that he doesn’t spell perfectly and has to go back and correct a lot. He also doesn’t like how slow it is to write and the actual process of putting letters on paper with a pencil seems like too much work for him.
So, I need some help. I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions on ways you’ve helped your children get excited about writing. I’m also trying to find something to stimulate his interest instead of assigning work he hates and grumbles about.
Here are some of my ideas (but, I could really use some more!):
- Find a pen pal and start writing letters: A cousin or a friend who has moved away are easy to start exchanging letters with.
- Write and illustrate a comic book. Since they are heavy on illustration and light on text, the actual writing is less overwhelming and the project is more fun. A simple comic book can be made by stacking blank paper together, bending it in the middle, and stapling along the fold.
- Pick a topic and start a blog. It doesn’t take much computer savy to start a free blog at a site like www.Blogger.com and distant family members will love the updates.
- Start a journal.
- Use a story starter – sometimes a question or fantasy idea can help kids start thinking. “What if . . .” questions are a great place to start. Here is a fun list of story starters.
What ideas do you have?
I was thinking my son might need something to make the actual process of writing a bit easier so he doesn’t get so impatient with how slowly he writes.
Thank you for your help!