I’m not sure how old your son, but I suspect that he’s younger and not older. I’m assuming that he’s learned how to write (or is currently learning) and is somewhat of a reluctant writer at this point. I’m also assuming that there are no fine motor difficulties involved or any other difficulty which would be preventing your son from writing. Thus, I’m presuming that he’s someone who at present just doesn’t enjoy the writing process and you’re seeking to draw him into the wonderful world of writing.
What type of learner is your child? Visual, auditory, kinesthetic, verbal? Depending on how he learns best, you may want to try and accommodate his learning style so that writing comes more easily to him.
Structure writing time into each day, even when he doesn’t have it as homework. This way it becomes a habit and expectation, not an unexpected challenge that arises when assigned a specific writing assignment. Perhaps use the storybook or journal suggested above. If writing is a natural part of his day, having to do a writing assignment won’t seem like such a momentous task.
Perhaps begin the process with you as the scribe. You can write down the ideas, either in jot note form or just as your child relates the details of the story. If you have jot notes, you can then organize those ideas and either you or your child write them down. Try adding artwork contributed by your child or from a magazine, etc. Make it a “book” that you can pick up again and reread to them or that they can read to themselves. Trust me, they’ll love hearing their own stories again and again. Ideally, your goal is to demonstrate that writing is fun.
- Take turns writing a partner story and try to “stump” each other with each new sentence you write – in other words, each person tries to place an obstacle in the other’s way. This can be particularly helpful for children who have trouble extending a story or adding details and description. These are the children who have stories that last about four sentences before they write “The End”. Have fun, laugh and be silly – let your child enjoy being with you and associate that fun time with writing.
- Have your child recreate something else he enjoys – a favourite book, TV show, movie. Your child can put a new spin on things and add characters or change the ending.
- Sidewalk talk – using chalk on your sidewalk, patio, fence or even a large chalkboard if available, you can let him write and draw for fun
- You can actually purchase “blackboard” paint and paint a bedroom wall or maybe the bottom of the wall where he can reach with this paint. If you’re really inspired, you can paint with magnetic paint underneath and he can have a blackboard that can also hold magnets. Give him magnetic letters to trace or copy. Writing and drawing his stories will be fun for him and still help develop fine motor skills.
- Finger painting words and stories
- Painting/coloring on huge rolls of newsprint on the floor or taped to the wall.
- Sandbox fun – if you have access to a large sandbox you can get him to write in the sand or you can purchase bags of colored sand from the craft store, pour it into a cake pan and let him draw and write. If you can get Zen garden items such as rocks and a small rake he’ll love raking and organizing the sand. It’s actually quite a calming experience for children when they do this.
- Glue bags – fill a large Ziploc bag with white glue then let him choose the color of dye to add (remember that red makes pink). Add approximately 15 drops, seal the bag minus air as much as possible, and then let him squish around the bag to mix the color. Once the color has met his seal of approval, let him use his fingers to write or draw images. He can shake or mush the bag each time he’s ready to start something new.
- Play dough or plasticine – fashioning things for fun can also turn into a game where you challenge him to make various letters, or even see if he can spell out his name in Play-do.
- Using whipping cream, shaving cream or pudding on a cookie sheet, get him to write or draw for fun. If it’s edible, he’s going to love it!
- Scented markers are always a big hit. Get some large pieces of colored paper to make it even more fun. You can always enhance the activity by adding glue and sparkles once he’s finished with the markers.
- Jigsaw puzzle letters – using the back of a picture done by your son or a postcard, have your son write a letter to Grandma or Grandpa. Using children’s scissors let him cut the letter into several pieces, then mail. He’ll love the idea of mailing a puzzle for them to put together, and the more they rave about it, the more he’ll want to do it again.
Above all, let him know that it’s okay to make mistakes. Perhaps he doesn’t want to write because he’s afraid of making errors. Be very positive about his writing and consider introducing a fun storybook or journal in which anything goes. In other words, have someplace he can safely write (to share or not to share) and know that the only feedback he’ll receive is completely positive and encouraging. Don’t try and force the process to a point where it’s a daily battle. Celebrate his writing accomplishments with praise and support.
If writing remains a struggle and you feel like you’ve exhausted your options, perhaps consider getting some professional help from a tutor or even from a writing/drama class. Sometimes others can put a fun spin on it that mom or dad just can’t.
make written work and homework a reward and not a punishment. (something we often tend to do the other way around!)
encourage, reward for every writting, motivate and so on.
dont be critical over mistakes, in fact, for a while, ignore the mistakes, just praise ur son for doing writing work.
dont give writing as a boring task, make activities like... wen u want to make ur shopping list, let him write things down. also let him pitch in a few things he'd like to buy. these kind of activities make writing fun and therefore interesting.
giv writing tasks related to HIS interests.
Tell him it'd be a fun idea to make up a story. It could be about video games, dragons, soccer, etc. He could begin by telling you orally. When you hear the story, you could suggest to write it down because it sounds like such an interesting story that you want to keep it forever.
Praise him for his work and encourage him to continue story writing in his free time.
How old is your child? If he is 4- 5years old then teach him the ABC's and have him draw in crayons, also teach him shapes.
i taught my little daughter how to write and the way she writes any letter is by using shapes, such as a small circle for the lower-case a and triangle for the capital A.
I think its perfectly normal to want your boy to start learning at such a young age.
the younger the better... and its all about Patience and taking it step by step.
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