“When you read a book, you take ideas from the outside in. But when you write, it comes from the inside out,” says Robert Maloy, an expert on children’s writing.
It isn’t hard to encourage your child to do more writing. Here are some easy-to-use suggestions you can try right away:
Hang up a blackboard or a dry-erase board in your kitchen or by the front door. Encourage your child to write reminders or notes on it. Be sure to write back!
Give your child an “I Wonder” notebook. When she thinks of a question, have her write it at the top of a page in the notebook. Then you can find answers together when you go to the library or explore the Internet.
Does your older child want a bigger allowance? A later bedtime? Have her write a letter persuading you to make the desired change. She’ll learn to think logically and express her ideas in a convincing way.
If you’re at work, take a few minutes to write your child a note. Let her know you’re thinking of her. Leave the note on the pillow or somewhere she’ll find it as a surprise. Encourage her to write back to you.
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