We all know that writing is important, right? Try explaining that to my 6th grader! Because of her ADHD, her brain moves faster and more chaotically than her hand does. This means that it is difficult for her to get the thoughts out of her head and onto paper.
Even though she is sixth grade in most subjects, and seventh grade in science, she is somewhere below level on writing. If I ask her to tell me about something such as the difference between plant and animal cells I get a wonderful lesson, including pictures. If I ask her to write about the same subjects I get something goofy like animals have animal cells, and plants have plant cells. Really?!
So one of the things we have to work on is her written expression. In the past we had tried journaling but were unsuccessful. Recently she picked up one of the blank books that we have so many of around here, and she began entering two to three sentence “logs” of each day. Is it great writing…no. However, it is practice and where writing is concerned practice makes perfect!