Do you want your child to become a good writer? Start by sharing how you use writing every day, such as lists, e-mails, recipes, directions, etc. To spark your child’s interest in writing tie it to their everyday activities. Here are some simple and easy ways to do that.
- When you are going to the grocery store have your child make a list of snacks. Even if you can’t read the list, bring it with you and refer to it in the store.
- Give your child their own calendar. Have her write play dates, doctor’s appointments, library books due, etc. on the calendar.
- Help him write "Thank You" notes to relatives and friends for gifts or special times together.
- Let your child pick out a small, colorful notebook and some sparkly pens or markers. Have her keep a daily "Journal" or diary.
- Help your child find a "writing buddy" in your neighborhood. Let them exchange notes, e-mails, or journals.
The more your child writes, the more confidence he or she will gain, and the more enjoyable writing will become!