"I wish my child likes to write."
"Getting my child to write is a struggle. He's frustrated. I'm frustrated!"
"I've tried everything I could to get my child to write well. I don't know what else to do!"
I have seen kids who are resistant to writing blossom into confident and eager writers.
What is the secret?
Let me first tell you what it is NOT.
1. It is NOT telling kids what to write.
2. It is NOT getting them to memorise bombastic phrases.
3. It is NOT forcing them to copy model compositions.
4. It is NOT even asking them to read book after book.
So, what is the SECRET?
"When students become deeply involved in their writing,
they don't need motivating activities."
~ Lucy Calkins
The secret to getting kids excited about writing is:
That's it. That's the secret.
In my writing classes, I bring children through The Writing Process, like what real authors do. They get to experience how it feels like to be authors.
They get to generate ideas, brainstorm, write drafts, conference, revise and edit their drafts.
They even get to experience the thrill of publishing their writing - which is the final stage of The Writing Process.
How do you do that?
You can do that, if you're someone who is passionate about writing. It takes someone who is passionate about writing, to impart that same passion and excitement to the students.
Do not give up hope. Your child can enjoy writing!
Here's what some parents have to say about their kids' experiences in the writing process:
"She wrote a few stories on her own after attending your class. I am really surprised!"
"My boy enjoys the lessons. What I like about the class is that the kids are allowed to make mistakes here, unlike in school."
"It's great that he has more ideas in his writing nowadays."
Learn the Craft of Writing
Let your child learn the craft of writing. Let him/her experience The Writing Process.
Children do not have a chance to go through the writing process in schools, due to the lack of curriculum time. As much as teachers wish to bring their students through the writing process, there is simply not enough time in the curriculum to do so.
Yes, it is a time-consuming process. But one that is definitely worth it when you see the sparkle in the children's eyes as they write!