Essay Writing for Homeschoolers

See if this scenario sounds familiar.  Just when your student thinks they’ve got this whole “homeschool thing” down, they get an assignment that requires that they write an essay.  “An essay??!!” they cry.  “What is an essay??!!”

Just the sound of it can bring a quick chill down the spine.  Sentences, they get.  Paragraphs are no problem.  Even the occasional short story doesn’t cause a full flop sweat.  But an essay?  It sounds difficult, boring, and long.  So what can a homeschooling parent do to bring their child around (aside from smelling salts)?

Homeschool Essay Writing Tips for Parents

The main thing is to make sure that the child’s first efforts with an essay are on a subject of their own choosing.  You might like your son or daughter to start with the societal implications of the Civil Rights Movement, but it is going to be hard to get John or Sara to sign on to that type of essay at first.  The key to keeping essay anxiety at bay is to allow them to write about what they love – – sports, animals, their favorite video game – – the topic isn’t important as much as helping them overcome their anti-essay bias.

Modeling is also very important when introducing essay writing.  Find good examples of essays that your child can read and appreciate.  Seeing what other students their age can accomplish with an essay is an immediate confidence booster.

To ensure your child’s success in essay writing, you will want to take the instruction slowly and build upon their sequential learning. Do make sure that your elementary, middle, or high schooler has a firm grasp of sentence writing, basic grammar, and paragraph structure before moving on to essays. Otherwise, you risk blowing his or her writing confidence from the get-go.

Essay Writing Courses for Homeschoolers

Time4Writing offers essay writing instruction at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Each of the units in the courses builds upon previous instruction to provide a comprehensive overview of essays from expository paragraphs all the way to full narrative and expository essays.  A certified teacher guides students through the entire course, giving direction and feedback each step of the way.

Even if your homeschooler recoils in horror at the idea of writing an essay, you can help him or her not only overcome their fears but become confident, successful young writers.  Find out more about each of our eight-week online homeschool essay writing course options below:

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