Teaching writing to your child is not for the faint of heart; it can test your limits if you are not up to the challenge. It is, however, a skill that all the kids really must learn to compete in the wild world of today. Writing is something that is used in almost every job in the workforce. Whether you work at home or in an office, whether you work at McDonalds or are the CEO of your own company, writing skills of some sort are necessary. It doesn’t matter if the writing is done the old-fashioned way, by hand, or if it is composed entirely by use of a word processor. Writing is writing.
If you are hesitant about teaching writing, you can always have your child sign up for writing classes with a certified teacher. The teacher and child interact via the Internet or in a classroom setting. This takes pressure off you, the homeschool teacher, and gives more breathing room to focus on subjects you are more comfortable teaching. Sometimes it helps to have someone other than you teach certain subjects. Many children tend to listen to someone else more closely.
Selecting a homeschool curriculum is so important. It helps if the homeschool teacher writes down all the subjects and skills they wish to cover for the year to compare different curriculum. It is rare to find one perfect curriculum. More often than not, many different curriculum choices will be combined to cover the varied skills during the school year. The same holds true for teaching writing. You may find combining a few different curriculum choices and styles actually complement each other and make the task of teaching writing much easier.