Would you be willing to critique this? Written by my DD who will be 8yo / in 3rd grade for 2016/17.
I am wondering if this looks about right for a 7-year-old? If it needs improvement, where would we go from here? This was just a "please write about a topic of your choice on your own and we'll edit it later" kind of assignment. I did help her brainstorm some ideas beforehand and wrote her ideas on notepaper for her (like Who? What? Where?, etc. questions).
She is reading at a 5th-7th grade level and loves language. Her penmanship is very clear and looks like an adult's writing. But as for actually writing any original content, it's like pulling teeth. She claims Writing is her "worst subject." It's really hard to get her to write and she'll only do it if she has to for homeschool. She is a perfectionist, which I try to acknowledge and gently downplay a lot, because it seems to get in her way of writing easily. She is highly-creative, but unwilling to take risks in writing her thoughts out.
gymnastics is fun! I see my friends. It makes me healthy. I learn new things. Mom takes me. I go on wednesdays. I go for exercise!
Just typing it out, I see how stiff and cardboard-like this is. This is a kid who was making up stories that would go on for 2-3 single-spaced, typed pages when she was 4 (I typed while she told the stories.) In Kindergarten, she thought she would like to write a novel series and I indulged her in writing out her stories for her. She's never been at a loss for imagination... But now it seems like she's gotten a little older and is very self-conscious about herself and her writing.
I tried to start a Mom-and-Me journal just for enjoyable writing but it fizzled after a few entries. Sometimes she'll come up with a great idea and I'll encourage her to write about it; it never goes anywhere. I don't know if somehow I've "scarred" her in regards to writing. She wants to be instantly good at things, but the writing process is still somewhat arduous at this point; maybe that puts her off?
I'm considering using Bravewriter this coming year because of all I've heard about it but the $$ would be a consideration for us. I have a couple of workbooks for writing and she'll do them if required, but it never seems to translate into any desire or willingness to write creatively. I think workbooks can be dull, so that's not a surprise. I just use them because I don't know how to teach this subject well.
I have a "mom hunch" that someday she will truly enjoy writing and be good at it, but I am completely lost on how to get there. I don't want to make things worse by pushing, as she doesn't thrive with that.
Any thoughts on resources that would really make this subject FUN? I don't think everything for school has to be fun, but we could use some lightheartedness around this subject to break through this impasse.
Thanks if you've made it this far and thanks in advance for your wisdom/experience.
Edited by vonbon, 03 July 2016 - 07:44 PM.