Writing is an important skill for everyone to develop. However, it’s not easy to teach good writing skills. In order to get young students engaged in writing, homeschool moms need to make writing useful. For many kids, writing needs to have a purpose, because they don’t enjoy it.
One way to engage young writers is to teach them to write a how-to. Writing directions is something they’ll have to do into adulthood. So, it’s important to get them excited about writing at a young age.
To make it a little easier to teach your children to write a how-to paragraph, I’ve created a writing pack that you can download.
First, have your student cut out the pictures they’ll need for their writing assignment. Discuss with them the order in which they would complete that particular task. For instance, what steps would they use to make a s’more? Put the picture cards in that order.
Next, have them glue each of the images on the writing page. There are two styles of writing lines included in this pack to accommodate your writer. Again, talk about the order in which each step is done. This will help your child order his thoughts before he begins writing.
Then, have your child write (or dictate) a sentence or two for each step of the process. Once they’ve got their thoughts on paper, help them do a quick edit for spelling and punctuation before moving on to the final step.
Finally, have your student write a final copy of their how-to paragraph on the final page of this packet. Remind them to be careful about spelling and punctuation. They can illustrate the edges or bottom of the page if they’d like.
The How-To Writing Pack contains two sets of writing activities – How to Build a Sundae and How to Build a Snowman. If you’d like more how-to writing activities, visit Embark on the Journey to grab a set of eight more!
What’s your favorite way to teach writing to young writers?