Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:04 amWillow wrote:I'm not sure what to expect for my 2nd grader with regards to the notebooking. She is a resistant writer ("I don't know what I want to say!") Suggestions for how to handle notebooking?
I think a lot of times a 2nd grade knows what to say, but doesn't really understand it is ok to write it or might need a bit of help to get it from spoken to written form.
It's ok for a teacher/homeschooling parent to give some prompts for it so that it is not such an open ended assignment such as "summarize what you just heard me read"
*Narrow the topic with leading questions (see below in a minute)
*work with your 2nd grader. Even the well respected Andrew Pudewa teaches homeschoolers that it is ok to help your children with writing. Personally, I think a lot of the writing struggles can be "erased" when we work side by side with our children at this stage (2nd grade is kinda young and they still need some direct instruction.)
*Ask leading questions and let them answer out loud. Leading questions can be: Who was this lesson about? What did they do?
*after answer out loud, encourage them to write what they just said.
*if you have a child (like I did) with some short term memory issues..... this is what I did ---- she would say the answer and I would write it down on a dry erase board exactly as she said it. Then she'd copy it on her paper. It was her words, not mine. She just needed that visual help a bit. It doesn't stay like that forever. (hugs)