When I watched the instructor video, it was like Andrew was talking to me. He said that generally (and not all the time) when instructed to write a 3 page essay, girls will write ten pages of flowery words and boys will stare at blank paper. It makes it even more difficult when you give them a creative writing assignment. He said that boys get terrified with thinking of writing something creative, then stress over the length, and then oh my, I have to spell and do correct grammer? For the past few years, I've pulled creative writing assignments from journal prompts thinking how fun it would be for him to write, and he hated it. He could never think of anything to write. Now, I understand why.
One of the biggest problems that I have is that writing comes pretty easy to me. No, I don't often proofread my blog to correct things, but generally I'm a decent writer. And apparently, because I am, I struggle to teach my son writing skills.
So, anyway, I recomment IEW for I'd say 6th grade and above.
Now, I didn't want the girls to fall into the same trap, although I see a huge difference. They are eager to write and do so all day without me even asking. What a difference it is!
I just found the book The Writing Menu by Melissa Forney. It is sooooo cool!! You basically sit down and figure out what your learning the next few weeks. Now you make your menu of writing assignments for the kids to choose from.
From the Appetizers menu, you give short writing assignments that equal about five points.
- List five animals that can be found in the desert
- Write a complete sentence that includes a scientific fact about a rain forest animal
- Make a list of community helpers in our town
From the Dessert menu, you design assignments for about 10-15 points. They are usually creative writing which should be fun for them
From a quick read through this book, she has designed it for public school kids, but what fun for us homeschoolers!! She also insists on working on skills each week or length of assignment. She has a nice chart of skills listed for each grade level through eighth grade. She also has pages of suggestions for writing assignments.
I've decided to incorporate this in our school starting next week. I look forward to coming up with fun and exciting things for the girls to write about. TL is still going to use his IEW plan, but I may plan some appetizers, one for each day, to focus on our history and science lessons.
Have a wonderful week everyone!