Writing Progress!

I love to teach elementary writing, always have, hopefully always will. It is something I wish I spent more time on, but unfortunately I have a son who is (was-hopefully) content telling wonderfully imaginative stories, but NOT writing them clearly and neatly. I knew I had to push forward anyhow, and thanks to the free writing downloads a few weeks ago from A-Z, I found lessons that I could really use with him. It was pulling teeth at first, but then the light came on and he produced this final copy…I am SOOOO proud of him, his handwriting is usually awful, and he usually could care less. He didn’t even want to write the final copy (the rough draft was horribly sloppy by the way). I had to drag the 1st two final draft sentences out of him, but then he got into it and copied the last sentences entirely on his own, I couldn’t believe it!

He claims it is thanks to this (Pencil Grip)…He also hated this the first day I gave it to him, but now he claims it is the reason for his new improved handwriting. Who knows? I am just happy.


  1. Mama Teaching 2 says:

    I have a boy who didn’t care much for writing…

    His writing looks GREAT!

  2. Homeschool Madness says:

    Mine hates writing too! Glad you could get him into it! Looks great!

  3. MAMA BEAR says:

    I bought a couple of those big fat pencil grips for “just in case”. I fortunately haven’t had to use them for my oldest. I’ve heard they work well though, so I’ll keep them for the “just in case” time with my other. Keep it up mom, you seem to be doing great.

  4. schoolinrhome says:

    Great Writing Pax! The writing is creative too and keeps my interest! I’d like to see the elephant painting at the circus and I love his final sentece that he is glad you tricked him! 🙂
    Nice to see other moms hae kids that fight them (at first) on things. My (oldest) son is above grade level and so creative yet he hates writing out his writing assignements. His handwriting is poor and he is left handed. He is very creative too with his stories, etc but would rather type them into the computer. He often has to re-write so often to get it neat, it is like he is writing two stories (in length). I wil have to try a pencil grip as I never thought of that! Any tricks to tying shoes for a left-hander?? We are still struggling with this!
    Have a great weekend! Glad you are back!
    Are you working with Angela on that preschooler ebook through Schoolhouse Magazine?
    Also – have you started the ocean lapbook? I have so many great links. I will post them soon.

  5. alicia b says:

    Have you done any journal writing with your son like is so often used in kindergarten classrooms? I loved that part of teaching too, but wondered if other homeschooling families did it. He should be very proud for all his hard work, it looks great!

    alicia b

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