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  •  This is why I have my son (8+ / 0-)

    doing short answer questions by hand, while allowing him to type longer answers in the computer instead, or he dictates to me and I write it. I don't want him to forget how to write from disuse (and he would if I didn't make him write anything), because sometimes you have to write something. I want him to be able to write if he has to. But I recognize that writing things by hand is a lot harder for him, and so make accommodations on longer answers.  That way he has some practice with both, but doesn't feel overwhelmed because he knows he has options besides hand writing everything.

    For example, for history last week we studied the Third Battle of Ypres during WWI. One of the questions was: What natural event affected the battle? How?

    His answer: Rain. It made it hard to cross the battle field. Tanks got stuck.

    Short, effective, and correct. It didn't need a full essay answer. That much hand writing he can handle. We do his biology questions in a computer file because there he gives longer essay type answers.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 03:10:48 PM PDT

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