Here are some ideas to

keep kids interested in writing.

ù Encourage your child to write letters. The book Free Things For Kids (Meadowbrook Press) provides addresses and information. Kids can send for everything from stamps to posters to information on pet care or solar energy.

ù Have your child pretend he is an object. He can be a mirror, a soccer ball, a rocking chair, or a frying pan. Have him write a story about his life.

Make sure he gives himself a name, describes what he looks like, what he sounds like, where he lives, and what a typical day in his life is like.

ù Have your child write her name vertically. Then use each letter of her name to start the line of a poem:

Laura

Lively brown eyes

Always late for school

Understanding--sometimes

Rock music is my favorite

Astronaut in 2001.

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