Working With Reluctant Writers – week 3

Fine Motor Skills Problems in your reluctant writer

My oldest son has always battled low muscle tone.  His low muscle tone was first pointed out to us during his initial Early Intervention evaluations, way back in the day.  He began seeing a feeding speech therapist, and that helped us loads there.  His fine motor skills as they related to writing, however, made slower progress as we would have liked to have seen.  Finding workarounds is important for us when his hands are becoming exhausted, but we still need to get some learning in.  Below are some tips to help you with your homeschool writing journey.

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How Can You Make Writing More Fun for a Reluctant Writer?

Finding curriculum for a reluctant writer has been such a struggle

We’ve had several key problems we’ve faced as a family of a reluctant writer, and finding something that fits all of our needs isn’t easy. One of the most common questions I get is about finding a good writing or math curriculum… So I know I’m not alone on this!

Until this year, I’ve not found anything with which I’ve been in love. There have always been fairly great things, but still, something missing, at least for us.  I want a writing curriculum that sparks joy and learning, not something that makes my kids hate writing, the same as I did at their age.

I’ve seen how “not being a writer” can follow you through the rest of your life.  You stick that label on, and there it stays.  It wasn’t until college, as a 30-year-old, that I received any decent instruction on writing that made any sense to me… That smoothed over some of my contempt for writing at least. 😉  I want something different for my kids. I want them to see that they are writers. 

If you have a reluctant writer who wails at the thought of learning about and practicing writing, read this! Here are the problems WriteShop solved for us!
The “Fold-N-Go” concept is awesome.

WriteShop has provided me with a curriculum for review purposes, however, all opinions represented here are my own.

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A Multi-Sensory Approach to Teaching Writing at Home

A multi-sensory approach to learning may be the element you’ve been missing

We all learn better when we engage more than one of our senses in our learning with us. This goes double when you are trying to teach a child with special needs.  Try using a multi-sensory approach! Helping them learn with their entire body, will make learning more fun, and will help them grasp concepts faster. One example of this is to employ different senses when teaching a child to write.

Each child is different, so the senses that you use will have to be effective ones for them. Understanding your child’s sensory profile is an important step in this. Once you have determined what senses will aid best in learning, it is time to put your thinking cap on! Here are some ideas in a couple of different sensory areas to get you started! (You can also find a lot of great ideas on my Writing Pinterest board.)

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Friday Freebie: b&d Letter Reversals

New letter reversals printables are ready for you to download!

I created a new set of printables for my son, who sometimes struggles with letter reversals.  If you’ve got a child struggling with letter reversals, hopefully, this will be a blessing to you too!  Are you already a newsletter subscriber?  Then you already have the password and can download it in the freebies section!  If you are new around here, use the subscribe form to the right to receive access to your password for all the freebies in the freebie section.
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Creative Writing for your Non-Writer

Neither of my boys are writers…

Yet! Getting them to write is basically like pulling teeth…  When my friend Jenny posted a link to her son’s Minecraft story, I wondered if it might inspire my oldest son to do some writing.  Have you got a writer that fight you at every turn?  Read on for a game changer!

He’s always liked writing out his own little comics, but getting him to pre-plan, type, or edit anything was always a non-starter.  Seeing a published story from a peer lit a fire under his but and excited him to no end.

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