Encouraging Your Kids to Write

Most kids just aren't that into writing. Except for homework assignments, writing isn't a big part of kids' everyday life at home. Educational advances have taught us however, that reading and writing development are intertwined in learning. The physical act of writing letters and words enhances a child's ability to read. This complementary relationship continues throughout childhood, therefore parents enhance their child's skills dramatically by encouraging the writing habit. So, what can parents do to help their child develop good writing skills during the elementary years?

Make a Menu
Let your kids design and write a menu for special family or company dinners while you do the cooking. Write difficult words for them to copy, or let them look up words in a dictionary. Additionally, pre-made place cards for each guest will make seating go quicker.

Write Lists
Let your Kids write the grocery list as you dictate what you need. They can also write lists to pack for a trip, plan a busy week, prepare for back-to-school or for special holidays.

Write a Letter to Grandparents
Keep a supply of kid note cards and stationery on hand for letter writing. A letter from a grandchild is always a delight; poor spelling and punctuation is overlooked!

Write Thank You Notes
Use that supply of kid note cards and stationary and have your kids write thank you notes to friends and relatives for their holiday and birthday gifts. Everyone will be impressed with their good manners!  Allow writing unfamiliar words phonetically and don’t worry too much over the punctuation.

Write a Picture Story
Draw a line about halfway down on a sheet of paper. Let your kids draw a picture of anything they wish at the top. Then, at the bottom guide them to write a story about the picture using the basic story elements of character, setting, and plot.

Newspaper Reporter Activity
Write 'Who, What, Where, When, and Why' down the left side of a sheet of paper.  Have your child watch a news story or learn about one online, then complete the facts on the sheet of 5 W's. 

Write Steps For Completing a Job
Have your kids list the steps they take to complete household jobs. This could include feeding a pet, making a bed, or sweeping the floor. This requires ordering thoughts into a proper sequence. Take the time to edit the steps with your child so that when a different sibling takes on the task, you know that the job is completed to your satisfaction.

Written Requests
Have your kids submit written requests for presents, parties, and sleepovers. Included in the request should be an explanation of why they need the item, party, and sleepover. This will improve their ability to express their thinking in writing, a chance for you to negotiate the terms, and have it in black and white.

Are your kids learning to spell their name?
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