A good homeschool writing curriculum will teach your child to communicate clearly and effectively in written format.
Even children who don't enjoy creative writing will need to know how to write effective memos, letters and reports for business purposes. As home educators, we can teach writing without making our children afraid of putting pen to paper. Here are some tips for choosing a good home school writing curriculum.
According to Dr. Ruth Beechick, there are four types of writing:
During the course of teaching your children, expose them to the many different types of writing they will encounter as adults. Here are some homeschool writing activities.
In addition to familiarizing students with different types of writing, a good homeschool writing curriculum will teach writing mechanics and help students create effective content.
Students can learn the mechanics of writing by memorizing rules for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure and grammar. Students can learn to create effective content by following the writing process, which generally involves:
Although the process outlined above may seem tedious to new writers, it becomes automatic with frequent practice.
The writing process helps new writers learn to express their thoughts in an organized manner. I learned this process when I was in school, and I still use it today when writing content for this website.
When choosing a homeschool writing curriculum, think about your needs, wants and goals in the following areas:
Most complete homeschool curriculum providers, such as Bob Jones, Rod and Staff, and A Beka, incorporate the study of writing into their language arts programs. Here are some additional options for teaching homeschool writing:
If you feel confident in your ability to teach your child to write, you may decide to develop your own home school writing program. No matter what program you choose, remember to move at your child's pace. As the saying goes, "Slow and steady wins the race!"
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