It takes practice to write well. Consider establishing a writing “ritual” for your family. Pick a special time period—perhaps the duration of summer vacation. Get everyone a notebook (a thin one won’t overwhelm your child). Choose a regular time of day you’ll all write and stick with it. You can help your child get started by letting him pick a family photo or magazine picture to write a story about.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Share Helen Keller’s story of triumph over obstacles
Helen Keller was born on this day in 1880. Although she was deaf and blind, she graduated from college and became a writer and activist. To teach your child about this inspirational American, check out a biography at the library or watch the film “The Miracle Worker” together. Your child can learn more about Braille, the alphabet for the blind, at http://braillebug.afb.org/braille.asp.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Encourage writing about a familiar subject: Your child
Your child may be more interested in writing when he is the subject. Challenge your child to write a poem using the letters in his name. Have him write his name vertically along the left side of a piece of paper. Then have him create a list of words that begin with each letter of his name that describe him. He can use those words to begin a line of the poem after each letter of his name.
Monday, June 22, 2015
To get your child writing, write together
Here’s a great way to encourage your child to write. Together, choose a topic. Then set a timer for five to seven minutes. Until the timer rings, both you and your child write whatever comes into your head. Keep writing, even if it doesn’t make sense. When the timer goes off, share what you each wrote. This also works to jumpstart a paper when your child says, “I can’t think of anything to say.”
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The best way to become a better writer is to write more. To interest your child in getting some writing practice, ask him to pretend he is an object, such as a mirror, a soccer ball or a frying pan. Then have him write a story about his life as that object. 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.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Write some news your child can use
If you and your child are looking for something to do, try pretending you are reporters hunting a feature story for your local newspaper. Take note pads, pens, a camera and your imaginations and set out to observe people making news. Try places like the mall, the park, even your front yard. Write your story up together and include pictures, a headline and a byline. Put your stories in a scrapbook “newspaper.”