When people worry that their child isn't going to "learn to write," two different directions surface.

Are you talking about creative writing and written story telling?

Are you talking about the mechanics of physically writing (i.e. handwriting?)

Both matter - although, IMO, one matters much more than the other.

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Mechanics of Writing

It's good to remind yourself that good handwriting has NOTHING to do with intelligence. (Case in point: Doctors.) And as we move forward with digital technology, handwriting may be even less and less useful. Still, it's helpful to be able to read those letters from Grandma... unless she's Skyping, or FaceTiming!

But some kids do want to learn to write.

Handwriting

Joyfully Rejoycing | Joyce Fetteroll

I Was His Scribe
Shine | Anne Ohman

StartWrite
Odd to see this here on an unschooling page, but if your child WANTS to write, but can't form letters yet very well, this program can help you create customizable pages they can trace over.

UNSCHOOLING GUIDE:
Learning to Write

Unschoolers and Writing

$10

Are you still wondering how unschoolers learn to write?
This THIRTY page guide will help you explore the possibilities and see writing in a completely different way from how you learned in school!

Some of what's in this Unschooling Guide:
  • Creating a writing-friendly home
  • Ideas for supporting a home full of writers
  • Learning styles and writing
  • Searching for stories in the community
  • Your own relationship to writing
  • Ways YOU can explore and model writing more
  • Deschooling and writing
  • Reasons our kids may want to write
  • What if they don't?
  • My son's path¬†from non-writer to a degree in Journalism
  • Practical suggestions for writing
  • Ideas about publishing kids' writing
  • Extra Resources and Research links
  • Fun and inspiring memes about writing