First off, thinking back on it I really wish I could have homeschooled my children growing up. Thinking on it now I think I could have made a solid impact on them as a home school teacher instead of allowing them to go into a place that they may not have been fully comfortable for one reason or another.
One of the reasons I wanted to write this article today because I want us as parents to not take for granted the time that our children should be learning and what we should focus on with their learning.
In my opinion, I feel a lot of students will miss out on a lot of key pieces of their learning because 1) parents weren’t prepared to home school their children which means that the resources and things that may be essential to kids learning at home, may not be available. 2) If parents are having issues with childcare while they should be homeschooling that could mean that a lot of children will find themselves on autopilot.
Here are 10 quick tips that I feel will benefit parents who are forced to home school right now during the coronavirus pandemic:
1) Cursive Writing
Cursive Writing is pretty similar to shorthand writing that my mom used during her era. It’s great but only for a certain period of time. I’m not sure when and why cursive writing was outlawed in school but now is the time to bring it back to our kids… Although kids are not being taught cursive there are a lot of worksheets online to give kids practice for this skill.
2) Creative Writing
3) Storytelling and Paragraph structure
The funny thing about writing in most schools, kids are forced to read but not to learn how to create their own story. Parents, this is very important especially if your goal is for your child to attend college.
4) Believe this or not the best writing stories are created by kids. Introduce them to writing about kindness and also about brainstorming. Depending on their age, don’t critique them yet because you don’t want them to go into a shell and not appreciate the FUN that writing has to offer.
Helping them to create a writing ONLINE will also help kids learning to write paragraphs as well.
We have a lot of people who are grammar gurus when it comes to reading, but now is a great time to teach our kids about writing and how to integrate grammar techniques into writing.
6) Most libraries are closed, but you are still able to enjoy the online functions of your local libraries. Besides, most of them have an online check out system that will help kids with advance reading opportunities. For example, if a child is on a 3rd grade reading lead, you would want to start them on 4-6 grade reading levels.
7) Help your child find a writing role model. I know this sounds dumb if your child has a writing role model it’s a lot easier to coach them into reading when they are reading someone’s writing that they absolutely love.
My go-to author as a teen was Shakespeare. I loved everything about him and his writing. I also loved pieces by Helen Keller. This is a good time to share your favorite author with them and allow them to find and share their favorites with you.
IF YOU HAVE OLDER KIDS— THE NEXT WRITING TIPS ARE FOR THEM:
8) For your older teens, please purchase both APA and MLA guides for them and live by it like it’s a BIBLE. THEY WILL NEED THESE BOOKS IN THEIR LATER YEARS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND FOR SURE WITH THEIR FIRST YEAR IN COLLEGE. [REGARDLESS OF THEIR MAJOR]
9) Expanding Vocabulary
When it comes to vocabulary, there’s actually no age limit or prerequisite for this but an expansion of the vocabulary is a great start for teens and your kids as well. Truth is great writing comes from learning new words.
Here’s my funny story about words, I remember my first year in junior college and I thought it would be cool to complete my writing assignment and then go back and use a thesaurus to throw some big words around. I laugh about it now, but it was super crushed when my instructor gave me a 20% out of 100 for my first English term paper. I admit now that wasn’t a great idea.
10) Parents, while le we are on this unknown break from the coronavirus–a great thing to learn is TENSES: practice writing for first, second and third-person… Anyone who learns this skill now instead of later will be a pure genius.
Here are basic examples of this below:
First-person: I love my dog
Third-person: They went to the grocery store.
Once again, I hope that these tips help a lot, especially during these times.
My name is LaNette and I’m an Author and Writing Coach. I help small-business owners and aspiring authors write and PUBLISH their stories. I’m a survivor of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. I’m also a wife, mother, and grandmother. Just last year, I pushed past my fear and published 4 books on Amazon, one which was named, Amazon’s #1 Top Seller. For More Writing Tips Please Be sure to join me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and my PRIVATE Email List. Please click the links above to join!
I know that this is a rough time for everyone, but I hope this post brings you a tad bit of inspiration and motivation. I need you all to check in and tell me how everything is going for y’ll.
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