Some children struggle with writing. Here are some ways you can help your child become a better writer:
Try to do your child’s writing assignment yourself. Then, when both you and your child are finished, look over each other’s work.
Use email. It’s a great way to stay in touch with friends and family. (Grandparents love to hear from their grandchildren.) If you don’t have a computer at home, there may be one you can use at a public library.
Read a book with your child. Then write a letter talking about what you’ve read. Encourage your child to write back. This will also help your child learn to read for meaning.
Try rewriting the ending to a movie you’ve just seen together. If you have a video camera, try filming your new version.
Encourage your child to keep a journal or diary. Give a book with blank pages as a gift. Help your child pick out a special pen. Then encourage her to put thoughts and feelings on paper.
Show your child why they say that the pen is mightier than the sword. Is your child unhappy with a product? Have her write to the company. Is she upset about something in your town? Have her write a letter to the editor.
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