But so do enthusiastic writers. Their commitment to writing can wax and wane.
You can help make writing special and fun for your child. Consider doing these things:
Give your child the tools of a writer. Provide more than the standard school supplies. Stock special paper and pencils and pens that make different colors and widths.
Give your child a diary or journal. This is a unique way of telling your child, “I believe you are a writer. What you have to say is important.” Add a lock and key and say “Your writing is private. It is a gift to yourself that you can share when you want.”
Buy personalized stationary for your child. Or make it on a computer. This is a first step in encouraging a tradition of writing thank-you notes and letters to relatives.
Exchange notes with your child. Put notes of thanks and praise in his lunch box. Invite him to surprise you with notes of his own making.
Set an example of writing extra little notes in cards you buy for birthdays and holidays.
Display samples of your child’s writing on a family bulletin board.
Immerse your child in the writings of others. Give books as gifts. Take him to the library often.
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