Teaching writing to a child isn’t easy. Even a child who wants to write, or has a creative style, can be hard. Throw in having a child who is distractible or who has a hard time concentrating- and you just made something that isn’t easy, difficult. How can we help teach the highly distracted child how to write? What areas do we need to be careful of?
Writing Pitfalls for the Highly Distracted Child
A distractible child has a few pitfalls when it comes to writing that you will want to be aware of:
- Too many ideas: A child that is easily distracted might have a lot of amazing ideas – and that can be a problem! They get started on one topic, and very quickly find something else that they want to write about.
- Rabbit trails: We all go on them. However, a highly distracted child will find more to go down!
- Boredom: Maybe they struggle with creativity. So, instead of too many ideas, they don’t have enough – and every noise, light, or distraction sets them off. They might get bored and start doing something else altogether.
- Frustration: The child gets frustrated – for any of the reasons listed above.
There are other pitfalls that this child might struggle with. These are just a few. Now, let’s tackle how to help!
Helping the Highly Distracted Child with Writing
So, how do we help them?
- Be involved: You probably need to be more involved with your child. Although we are looking to help our child learn independence when it comes to school and writing- we might need to help them a little. Help them brainstorm their ideas. Teach them how to organize those ideas so that they can stay more focused on their writing.
- Read and Listen: Make sure you are taking the time to read and listen to the writing way before the final draft. Catch the rabbit trails and errors before they are in the final draft stage, so they don’t feel like you are tearing their papers or writings apart, but helping them.
- Keep it short: Don’t do it every day. Do creative writing just a few times a week. Allow time for the brain to process and have more time to create!
- Take breaks: If you see frustration or anger, stop. Breathe. Try again tomorrow.
- A Good Curriculum: Keep reading- and I will tell you what I found!
A Writing Curriculum for the Highly Distracted Child
I have a highly distracted child. She sees a butterfly- and she is chasing it. The same happens when she is writing. Every pitfall I shared about- she has (and is) struggling with. That is why we love WriteShop. With the simple format, I can help her write just a few days a week. WriteShop keeps the parent involved – and that helps her know this is a project we are going to do together. There are lots of great tools and ideas for content creating and graphic organization. There are even great ideas for what they should be writing about. This really helps her focus on the project at hand.
A good writing curriculum is key in helping any child learn to write – and for the highly distracted child- it is even more important.
Writing is a joy for me- and I want to enjoy it with my children. WriteShop has given me the tools I need to make that possible- and we will never go back.
Worshiping With My Life,