If you are a homeschooling parent it can be very difficult to get your child excited about writing. The first few days can certainly be a challenge for many homeschool parents. There is however some very creative ways that you can get your child excited about the idea of journaling. Below you will find some helpful suggestions that you can use with your kindergartener.
It’s all about the paper
With kindergarteners it can be very difficult to get them to write on the line. Using large construction paper for their journal instead of a notebook is really best. You can take a bunch of construction paper and staple them together. I have often found it easier to staple at least five together at one time. You can do weekly journaling themes. So each week you will have a different themed journal. Use a ruler to make the lines on the bottom of the construction paper. Leave a space at the top so that the kids can draw a picture on the top.
Be the guide
Remember that in order for your child to learn to write you have to first show them the proper way to make their sentences. First give them the theme and help them create one sentence based on the theme. The first few sentences only have to be a few words. Use a marker to highlight the spaces where each word will go. Make the blanks and then have them put the words on top of the lines. This would also be a great chance to start showing your child what finger spacing is in between each word.
Keep it simple
Remember that you want writing to be fun and enjoyable for your child. Keeping it simple will really help you to achieve this. One small sentence a day to start will work just fine. Help them to be creative and think about what they want to write first. In the beginning you will probably need to offer a few suggestions. After a few weeks your child will start to enjoy their writing and may even look forward to it. At the end of the week you can have your child read it back to you. Or they can read it to another family member. This will help to keep the excitement level up.
Leave the picture to them
When it comes to the picture you can have them make it all by themselves. Don’t worry too much about what the picture looks like at first. If you want to guide them along you can start by helping them to make some very simple shapes first. Once they learn to make simple shapes they should have no problem starting to make the pictures all on their own.