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My son is 6 and we started school last Monday.  I've been struggling with getting him to write.  He hates it.  What do you do to help make writing a better experience for your child?  

by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM
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by Silver Member on Jul. 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I pretty much decided that writing will be done on the computer.  He loves typing up stories.  He will get handwriting practice in a lot of other ways with other subjects.  It will make our day easier and give him one less thing to fight me on. 

Quoting Mandallyn:

I was thinking it was just his handwriting. But as I think about it more I can see it's a little of both. Learning to write using the computer will help to ease a lot of our conflicts. In fact, I think he would actually enjoy learning to use the keyboard. And that would give me the chance to make handwriting about handwriting, and hopefully less of a struggle, instead of using multiple subjects and worksheets to help his handwriting.
Quoting celticdragon77:

I was under the impression that she meant writing in English class. "Handwriting" as in "handwriting without tears" - should be done. Just suck it up and do it - because it won't be the first or last thing you dread doing in life. Also, hand written work is not altogether avoidable. There is math, worksheets, and other subjects of work. However, if she means just writing - as in a part of English class... then it can be done on a computer if he dreads doing it by hand. He is only 6yrs old and his tiny hands can only endure so much. Why ruin the creative and mechanics of writing over the misery of hand writing the material?! I also not at all meant that he should use "text speech" just because he uses a computer. 

But hey, to each their own. This is just my two cents. Which isn't worth a damn online. =)

Quoting marrionsmommy:

Quoting celticdragon77:

I have my son do typing as well but we use it primarily for vocabulary. So that he doesnt also have to write this out on top of his handwriting work. I refuse to have it replace handwriting though, I think they need to get a strong grasp of letter forming concepts and decnt handwriting before typing. I cannot stand these kids these days that cannot write a sentence that isnt in text speak. My son does handwriting everyday (whether it be to write the ninja turtles full names out is irrelevant)

by on Jul. 27, 2013 at 8:13 PM
We write the on the chalk board on the ground poster board paper so the children can write on them getting them away from them that they are working
by on Jul. 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM
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This pretty much. And if he hates it, take a break. Just so short helpful things like have him help with a grocery list, to do list, write a thank you card or note to grandma, etc. writing to write is kind of boring. Lol

Quoting oredeb:

 keep it short for a while, is what i do, but we do a sentence every day , we also use sticks and write in the dirt, air writing, hammer and nails,

i started out with 1 word and added more each day, also gave prizes, they seemed to really like writing there dad and moms name and brother and sisters names, thats how i started when they were younger

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by Sonja on Jul. 28, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Well, you could use secret code for writing. My kids love decoding sentences. That's how I sneak in some English when they aren't looking. Lol
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