Does your child HATE to write? Is it a dreaded subject for you too? Do you feel your child lacks the imagination necessary to write well? Do you cringe when he or she comes home with an assignment?
Working as a writing tutor, I hear many parent and student complaints about writing and how hard it is. It can be overwhelming for a student, if they are missing the basics of organization and the awakening of their imagination.
One exercise I do to help open up the imagination is to have the student pick a time that he had an amazing day doing something. For example, one student picked going to Sea World. Next, ask them to write down things they experienced, what did they see, hear, smell, touch, etc. Use a lot of adjectives! For example, I smelled yummy popcorn, stinky fish, mouth watering corndogs, and oh so aromatic ocean water. Get the idea. Do that will all the senses. Next, in order, write down what he or she did there, in order. These are notes for later.
This of course is a very simplistic view of writing, but with a little practice and self confidence, your child can springboard into other more advanced writings.
Remember that all stories begin with a Topic sentence. Break the mold, do not make it an ordinary one. You can open with a question? Example - "Have you ever had a killer whale so close to you that you could almost touch it?" or, "Have you ever seen a talking bird that could pick your pocket?" Get the idea!
Next, detail sentences, 3, 5, 7 or whatever is needed. Juicy sentences, amazing information. Quick tip - If writing things in order for your story or assignment, DO NOT use words like
next, then, finally and in conclusion. These are used way to much! Also, get a dictionary with synonyms. That way you can use many cool words! For your last and final sentence, make it special. The purpose of the sentence is to wrap up what you wrote and comment on it! You want the reader to be involved in the paragraph or story. Leave them happy or educated or with some kind of emotion!
Hope that helps a bit! Please email me with questions or topics of interest!