If you have a wiggly child who hates writing, this one simple tip is effective for motivating reluctant writers and transforming them into writing lovers!
This post is written in partnership with Write Shop. All opinions are my own.
My daughter, Monkey, has ADHD, and has a long history of resisting any activity where she is required to sit still.
When she was a preschooler, we used to have a game called, “can you sit still for five seconds?” She only won about half the time.
To this day, she struggles with sitting still long enough to focus on long tasks like writing and math assignments.
For fifth grade, I finally decided to stop fighting her natural inclination to move and the year is going MUCH better. I completely revamped our curriculum for the year, and replacing our boring writing program with Write Shop Junior Level E has helped tremendously.
Even though Write Shop has a lot of hands-on writing activities, sometimes, Monkey still needs a little more movement.
Luckily for me, I had a stroke of brilliance (perhaps) and came up with this idea.
One Simple Trick for Motivating Reluctant Writers
Motivating reluctant writers can be a challenge. When kids don’t want to write, they REALLY don’t want to write. And forcing them can take unbound energy and time.
Most homeschooling parents don’t have time for that (I certainly don’t). But we still have to educate our children.
One day, while we were doing our Write Shop Junior E lesson, I noticed how many mirrors are in our dining room (windows will also work).
Instead of having Monkey write her assignment on paper on the table, I said she could stand to do it and write it on our mirror with a dry erase marker.
She LOVED the idea.
She had no problems completing the assignment once I allowed her to write vertically.
Something about the extra ability to stand and write while moving around was all she needed to motivate her to write.
I still require her to sit and write every now and then, but now that vertical writing is in our writing toolkit, all writing assignments go much more smoothly.
I really could not believe how much difference such a simple change made!