One of the initial puzzles that a first time homeschool teacher will face is that while their homeschool student appears to be smart and can answer questions when asked, they point blank refuse to write. This is especially true of young boys in elementary grades, who are active and energetic. There seems to be nothing wrong with them, but they just don’t want to hold a pencil in their hands and write down what is being shown. Here are some possible reasons for this behavior that the homeschool parent may want to be aware of.
They Are Too Young
Doing the letters is just not something they find interesting. It’s fun for them to interact with their spoken words, but the importance of learning how to write is pretty much lost on them. This is generally true of children in the 3 to 5 age group. As each child develops on their own schedule, you may simply try to allow them some time before beginning written exercises. Just leave the material lying around for them to experiment with.
Fine Motor Skill Development
The muscular skill of holding a small pencil in their tiny hands and making it draw lines on a piece of paper requires fine motor skills. Girls are far more likely to develop these skills faster than boys due to the way that their brains develop differently. A simple and effective way to get your homeschool students to develop fine motor skills is to get them to fill in coloring books. The more they use their fingers the better control they will generate.
Switching the Approach to Writing
Most homeschool teachers will give writing exercises that they did in school themselves to elementary grade students. However these may be dull and boring. Instead, why don’t you get the homeschool student to maintain a record of something that he finds interesting? Start with the numbers and ask him to check and record the daily temperature. Or have him bounce a ball and see how many times he got it to go before dropping it. Then ask him to write the number down.