For many years I have had A Biblical Home Education by Ruth Beechick on my bookshelf. It has a few dog-eared pages and many highlighted paragraphs. Occasionally, I will pick it up again, as I have tonight, and read something that I can apply to fill a little hole, or a gap in our program that develops as the children grow and mature. The things that I love about Dr.Beechick is that she always makes plain sense. Her approach is gentle and uncomplicated, and always puts me at ease as to the simplicity of teaching our children the skills that they need.
Here is a great idea for developing writing skills. From pages 138-139….
An easy procedure is to have everybody sit down and write for a specified
time. You or an older child could take dictation from a young child who does not
write yet. Children can copy something or write a letter or work on a history
assignment. You could work on writing up a mail order. So all ages can write at
the same time. Each child decides on his own what to write during writing time.
Try this even with a single child.
This astonishingly simple system really works. At first some children
may not come up with writing ideas. If one complains “what will I write?” you
can answer, “Well, write the number words starting with one and see how
far you can get.” This is not an assignment so much as it is saying, “C’mon, get
going with something.” If the child actually does write the numbers, he is
likely to think of something more interesting for the next day. Older children
may work on one project for several days.
Be regular with the writing schedule and it will only take a few days
to get it working. Elementary children quickly learn to latch on to an event or
dream or pet or almost anything that entered their heads the night before and
decide that’s what they will write about the next day.