Need Some Tips for Creative Thinking
My wife and I are home schooling our oldest daughter (Grade 1) this year and everything is going really well. We're using Bob Jones and the DVDs are a tremendous help.
Every day, she has Composition, and usually has to write 3 or 4 sentences about what she has been learning about during that week. This has been the only area where we've had problems.
If any of these Composition assignments require any creative thinking, she will do everything in her power to avoid it. If it is a cut & dry assignment she is fine. Here are some examples:
Eg. #1: Write 3 sentences about your pets. What types of pets do you have? How do you play with them?
For this she would have no problems because if she answers the 2 questions right away, she has completed 2 out of 3 sentences. She only has to really think about 1 sentence.
Eg. #2: Write 2 rhyming sentences about Chimpanzees. Then write 2 rhyming sentences about Elephants.
For this, she has no direct questions to answer and it requires her to think and be creative. She really struggles with this.
We've tried asking questions to her to have her spontaniously think up things to write. This usually helps, but now she knows we'll do this and she doesn't have to think because Mommy and Daddy will give me questions.
Does anyone have any tips to help with some creative thinking? Or, a method for her to learn that she can ask these types of questions that my wife and I are asking? We thought after all of this time, that she would realize that she herself could ask these questions but no.
Any help/advise is greatly appreciated! Thanks.