About Anne Bogel

Anne is a certified bookworm and homeschooling mom to 4 crazy kids. She loves Jane Austen, strong coffee, the social graces and social media. You can find her blogging at Modern Mrs Darcy.

How to homeschool a kid who hates to write

The following is a guest post written by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy

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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.)

Your 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.

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Shaking the assumptions of the “regular school” paradigm

regularschoolThe following is a post by contributor Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Last month the kids and I went to our first homeschool group. I was chatting with the other moms, just getting to know everyone a little better, when the conversation turned to foreign languages.

“Which language are you studying?” I asked.

She took a deep breath. “German, French, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian, Spanish.”

Her two girls, ages 10 and 6, were studying seven languages. Seven. 
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Anne’s homeschool day in the life (with a 3-, 6-, 8-, & 10-year-old)

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The following is a post written by contributor Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Three and a half years into our homeschooling journey, our family has definite routines in place — even though every day looks a little bit different around here.

Some days we have help, some mornings I’m at my office job, sometimes I’m up against a deadline, sometimes I have the day off. Today, I’m showing you what a typical Monday looks like for us.

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5:45 — I wake up, pull on workout clothes, and head downstairs to make coffee. When my cup is ready, I go straight to my writing desk and pop open my laptop. My best time for focused writing is before dawn, when the kids are asleep and Will’s at the gym.

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Everyone wants to quit in November and February

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Written by contributor Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy

Before we even began homeschooling, I had the good fortune to hear Susan Wise Bauer’s warning: “Everyone wants to quit in November and February.”

Time has proven her right: these are the months when I feel like we’re just slogging through it, far from the excitement of the semester’s beginning or the relief of its end.

And these are the months when the days are cold and the nights are long, without the sparkle of the holidays. It’s easy to get sick, busy, or just plain stir-crazy.

November and February might not be easy months, but I can survive them a little better if I take the following precautions.
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Tricking my kids into reading the good stuff

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Written by contributor Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy

My kids will happily read just about anything–unless it’s assigned reading. 

And if I make the further mistake to try to sell them on it? Well, forget about it. They won’t touch that book for years.

(Am I the only one?)

This used to upset me–as a parent, a teacher, and a curriculum director.

Of course, I could make them just read the book, and they’d do it. But you know what? We’ve worked hard to foster a love of learning in our kids. Instead of forcing them to begrudgingly read, I’ve decided to play to my strengths–and to theirs.

Because my kids will read just about anything–happily, and of their own initiative–if they think it’s their own idea. We’ve found a few ways to take advantage of that.
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