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Ideas to encourage your child to write.

Make a Menu

Let your child design and write the menu for a family dinner while you do the cooking. Write difficult words for them to copy, or let them look up words in a dictionary. This activity can be done on art paper with gel pens, or on a word processing program.

 

Write Lists

Let your child write the grocery list as you dictate what you need from the store. This is a good way to keep him/her occupied while waiting to go to the store and to help him/her develop a sense of responsibility for household activities. Children can also write lists to pack for a trip, plan a busy week, and prepare for back-to-school or holidays.

 

Write a Letter to Grandparents

Keep a supply of kid notecards and stationery on hand for letter writing. A letter from a grandchild is always a delight; bad spelling and punctuation is overlooked!

 

Write a Picture Story

Draw a line about 2/3 down on a sheet of art paper. Let the child draw a picture of anything he/she wishes at the top. Then, guide him/her to write a story about the picture at the bottom. Let him/her write unfamiliar words phonetically. Guide him/her to use the basic story elements of 'character, setting, and plot'.

 

Newspaper Reporter Activity

Your child can play reporter and learn the 5 W's of writing with this activity. Write 'Who, What, Where, When, and Why' down the left side of a sheet of paper. Carry it even further by writing an opening paragraph to the news story and comparing it to the newspaper article on the story.

 

Make a Book

Make a mini book about about anything they are interested in or a place you have been.

 

Diary Writing

Buy your child a diary or a special book to use as a diary.  They can add photographs, tickets, postcards or draw pictures as well as write about what they have done.

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