Are you looking for easy and fun ways to teach grammar and writing skills in your homeschool? Here are some great ways to teach your kids (even if you’re not confident in your grammar skills!)
A lot of parents who are thinking of homeschooling worry about teaching subjects they’re not very good at themselves. For many people it’s math, I’ve never had a problem with that, I can isolate a variable or teach the area of a triangle like no body’s business. However, when it comes to grammar, I feel very unqualified to teach. I know the basics, periods, question marks, quotations, however when you get into where commas go, sentence structure etc. I get a little lost. I was the queen of run on sentences when I wrote papers in high school and my method of throw in a bunch of commas and hope they’re right rarely worked.
I guess I’ve always just written the way I talk, in long sentences with a lot of words!!
When my oldest started writing high school papers he had so many questions, quotations within quotations, citing sources, how to use a semi colon…. I had no idea the rules for any of them! He did an online program through elementary and middle school so thankfully they covered all the grammar rules that I don’t know!
I realized though when I started traditionally homeschooling my younger two that grammar wasn’t something I was going to be able to just skip over and hope they picked it up somewhere along the way! So I knew it was time to overcome what I do not know, and figure out a way to make sure my kids do!
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Here’s how to be successful teaching writing skills in your homeschool
Look it up – This is advice that works for any aspect of homeschooling but definitely has it’s place in grammar and writing skills. If you don’t know the answer a quick Google search can be a wealth of knowledge. Let your kids help you look things up and find great resources to answer their questions! There is nothing wrong with admitting you don’t know or want to double-check!
Don’t be afraid to use spell and grammar check tools in your writing programs, let your child run them and talk about why things are correct or incorrect. It’s a great way for them to see proofreading as it happens and understand why the rules work the way they do!
Get a Great Homeschool Writing Curriculum – If writing skills aren’t your strong point it’s a great idea to invest in a writing curriculum to help you along the way. We love WriteShop for the complete package! WriteShop Junior has been the perfect way to teach my 10-year-old everything from punctuation, to pre-writing, to parts of speech! Each lesson has great activities that are fun, engaging and creative!
Throughout the lessons you also build a great writing center with “Fold-N-Go” resources that you put together for easy reference. It’s great as you build skills and learn new things to have all the older lesson’s key points to look back on quickly and easily!
WriteShop has resources for kids in grades K-12 with their WriteShop Primary, WriteShop Junior and WriteShop 1 & 2. These lessons are great if you have a child who loves to write, they will spark their creativity and teach them essential skills. If you have a reluctant reader they will love the activities and you can go at their pace so they don’t get overwhelmed.
You can download a sample lesson to see how lessons are formatted, to see if WriteShop is right for you!
For a mom who feels like her writing skills are lacking WriteShop has been a great resource so that I know my son is learning everything he needs to!
Keep it Fun- One way to keep your child interested in writing and learning new writing skills is to keep it fun and creative! Things like MadLibs are great for teaching parts of speech, activities like story cubes or a writing jar are great for sparking creativity! Keeping a daily journal of thoughts, feelings, and activities is a fun way for your child to express themselves! If you subscribe to WriteShop’s email list you can get an awesome free resource with 480 inspiring writing prompts to use the whole year! Sometimes its a good idea to allow your child to just write without thinking about proper grammar and just be creative. Then you can go back an proofread and learn how to make the writing even better!
All in all grammar and writing skills don’t have to be intimidating to teach, and there are great resources so that you can cover everything your child needs to know! With great curriculum and an intention to have fun while learning you can teach your child to love writing!
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