Writing is a skill that improves with practice. Here are some ways to encourage your child to write at home.

  • Show your children how writing can help them stay in touch with people they care about. Encourage your children to write letters to friends or family. Write notes to your children, and leave them on the refrigerator or in a lunch box. These notes can be practical, "Don't forget Scouts today,"or just for fun, "I hope you're having a great day." Encourage your kids to write notes to you. There's nothing like finding a note that reads, "Mom, I love you" to brighten your day.

  • Give your child the tools for the job. Some nice paper or a special pen or pencil will make writing more fun.

  • Let your children see you writing. If you write letters, or if you do some writing for your job, let your children read what you've written.

  • Praise your child's writing. The best reward for a writer is an appreciative reader. Let your child know that reading what he writes makes you happy...and proud.

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