Write every day. Really?
The advice is common. Teachers encourage homeschooling parents to keep their children writing every day. However, the typical homeschooling mom runs out of ideas. Normal.
The good news is that others have already traveled the road you are on. Personally, I have succeeded and failed in this area. Let me share a successful writing method with you: The Quick Write - Summary Writing Practice
What you will need:
Remember to work "smarter not harder". If you have been studying photosynthesis in science, then what an ideal Quick Write that will be. If you just finished learning about the Lost Roanoke Colony, perfect!
Some of my favorite reading tools are the leveled reading passages from Read Naturally, Inc. Whether your child needs reading intervention or simple, short passages to read, this program is wonderful. The leveled reading passages have been a "go-to" of mine for years and years. They are an excellent tool for Quick Writes.
Okay. You have reading material and the form. Now what?
Now it is time to prepare for writing. Using the form while reading is a critical part of this writing practice. When I first begin this writing technique with students I read the material aloud. I also stop and model along the way. Do not underestimate the value of modeling good writing with your child. The goal is to develop strong, independent writers, but to first model correct writing practices is critical.
As you read, the student should be writing down "key words" from what is being read. Some visual learners may even like to draw or sketch the topic in the draw box on the Quick Write form.
For a more detailed explanation, I have a YouTube video outlining this writing strategy step-by-step with visuals.
youtu.be/B0KwkycMeEs (Be sure to SUBSCRIBE!)
Once the form is completed, it is time to begin writing. Students will use their key word points to create full sentences. And, right before their very own eyes, students will watch a summary paragraph come to life.
With my own children, once the form had the key words listed, we would set the timer for five minutes and practice beating the clock. Young writers quickly learn that an outline can and will lead to faster, more organized writing.
Are you ready to try it? I hope so. I'd love to hear how it worked for your child. Feel free to contact me any time.
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Author: Melissa Webb
CA Credentialed Teacher