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How to Encourage Your Child to Write- Model it

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One of the most constructive ways to encourage a young writer is through modeling.

Why Model and Teach Writing?

Kim from WriteShop explains how teaching writing needs to be more like teaching geometry.

Imagine saying, “OK, Ryan, find the hypotenuse of this triangle. I’m not going to teach you different strategies to solve the problem. Just get started . . . and good luck!”

We’d never dream of throwing our kids to the math lion, yet when it comes to writing, we want to assign a topic and say “Go!”

Simply, it’s unfair to expect our children to do something that hasn’t first been demonstrated.

Modeling writing in front of your children matters, but be encouraged that you don’t have to be perfect or have all the right answers. As homeschool parents, like it or not, our job is to teach and model the process until our children get it. They need to see and hear us thinking through our ideas. It’s good for them watch us struggle to come up with a topic sentence or find the words to form the lines of a poem. Why? Because they struggle too!

Here are some of Kim's ideas for helping us model and teach children of all ages 

Encouraging Young Writers in K-2nd Grades with Guided Writing Practice and consistency and routine

Encouraging Young Writers in 3rd-5th Grades. This is when moms go from nurturing the writing process to feeling guilty that they are getting in the way of your child’s progress or creativity. 

Encouraging Young Writers in Middle and High School. At this stage you’re not modeling a polished final draft, you’re modeling the thinking process. 

WriteShop was the writing program I used for all four of our children. I was the perfect foundation for teacher writing and was an incredible help in continuing their learned writing skill in college.

In one of my son's college classes (he was not the best speller or natural writer) he wrote a paper and his professor said, "I would have given you a perfect score, which I have never done, so I don't plan to start now. So I gave you a 99%."

I don't remember what he decide to mark down, but I took it as a compliment.

How are you at writing?

Do struggle with knowing how to teach writing and teach it well?

I did for several years when I first started homeschooling. But them I found WriteShop! It is an amazing program, not only for the student but for the teacher as well! The program helps the teacher be a great writing instructor

I never considered myself great at writing, but I felt confident in teaching my children with the help of WriteShop. I even taught it, using WriteShop, in our homeschool co-op a few times!

Writing and writing well in an essential skill to teach your children. They will use this skill for the rest of their lives.

Rent and purchase WriteShop here at Yellow House Book Rental.

Enjoying the journey,



 Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife of 30 years, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children. She and her husband absolutely adore their four grandchildren. Two of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own businesses and doing quite well. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams

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