How To Do Activities With Your Elementary School Child To Encourage An Interest In Writing
For the ones who don't like to write, it's like
Some kids love to write and some kids hate to write and it's very interesting splits. The kids who like to write are going to sit down and they're going to write little stories and they're going to be coming to you at age eight telling you that they've written a book. For the ones who don't like to write it's like pulling teeth and it's awful. One thing that I found is for little ones that really don't like to write, a lot of it is the struggle; the physicality of actually writing the letters, that makes them really frustrated and really tired. So, one of the things is to take turns with them a little bit and let them be creative. Show them that they can create a story. They can dictate it to you and you can type it on the computer or you guys can write it out together. Let them see that they have ideas that are interesting, and that when they're on paper they can share them with other people. Then you want to slowly transition them into putting them on the page. For kids who have no trouble with the imagination part but actually still won't write anything, I try to talk to them a lot about the books that they read and how much they like them and the stories that they tell that are really good. I try to encourage them to put them on paper. I also try to back off when they're doing the writing process. I think its important to correct students to work. I think it's important for them to learn to spell and to learn grammar. I don't believe in just "Oh, just write whatever you want, we'll worry about it," but you can worry about it later. So, let them get it on the page and tell them how great it is and how interesting it is, and then sit down with them and say "Ok, how do we make it perfect? How do we get it into shape so that you can turn it in?"
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