For whatever reason, some kids hate to write.
I don’t mean they dislike it, or they’d rather not today, thank you. No, I’m talking about those kids for whom writing “The cat sat on the mat,” requires the physical effort and mental stamina of climbing Pike’s Peak (but probably with a lot more fussing, whining, crying and arguing).
These kids aren’t faking: writing is genuinely difficult for them. (Especially when they’re young, and especially for boys.)
My challenge as a teacher, a parent, and an academic coach is to keep their disdain for handwriting from turning into a hatred of school, which happens all too often because the thing they hate most (handwriting) permeates every subject.
I did a terrible job of dealing with this when we first started homeschooling, and then I got a lot better, and I’m sharing tips for dealing with the young writing haters in your life over on Simple Homeschool today.
We’re still in progress on this one at my house, and I would LOVE to hear your tips, tricks, and General Wise Advice in the comments over there.