[BLOG – HOME EDUCATION] Teaching Writing

Every child is different and you need to find your groove with each one, but I thought I would share with you how I have been teaching encouraging writing with my kids.

unschooling writingMy oldest was, of course, the first to learn to write. We started when she was around four and a half years old, mostly just teaching the alphabet, naming and showing her the letters.

When she would draw she would add little letters here and there, or just scribble lines that were supposed to be words.

At that time, we were doing a distance-education program so I felt pressure to “get” my daughter to learn and do things. I spent a lot of time convincing and coercing her to practice writing. Of course, she didn’t like it, but she would do it with a reward (dang carrots and sticks).039

She progressed slowly but surely. At first all of her letters were uppercase, eventually she moved on to practicing lower case. We used workbooks where you traced lined letters, and she would practice on her drawings. She loved making signs, like, “NO moms OR dads ALWD”

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