But for many children, that enthusiasm fades quickly. Here’s how you can help your child enjoy writing:
• Remember that adults write for real reasons. Kids will be more likely to write if they, too, are given real-world reasons for putting their words on paper.
• Write a poem for a name. Use the first letters of your child’s name to create a poem.
B is for Brenda, black, beautiful, bright.
R is for reading and running all right.
E is for experience, extending my reach.
N is for nursery school I want to teach.
D is for dancing and digging each day.
A is for ambitious ‘cause that’s my way.
• Create a time line. When your child learns about a series of events, a time line can help show how they fit together. Create a time line for your child’s life.
• Write a sequel. If your child has a favorite book, have her to write the next chapter.
• Write a list. If your child is a baby-sitter, have him create a kit of information he’ll need on the job. He might include basic safety rules, ideas for entertaining children and emergency information. If your child enjoys a hobby, the list could include projects he wants to complete.
• Write new lyrics to a popular melody. Take a favorite tune (start with something easy like “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”) Write new words.
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