Kids don’t always like to write, in fact some kids rather dread it. These kids avoid writing with a passion and drive their poor mom to despair. Here are a few of my favorite gentle ways to encourage kids to write.
1. Write letters. While some children don’t enjoy writing reports or essays, they love to write letters to extended family members. It’s fun to send the letters and receive a response back. It’s also a great way to involve grandparents in the homeschool.
Another option is to write a letter to a favorite author. Have your child write about how much the books are enjoyed and what your child’s favorite scene is. Writing to family is an excellent introduction to friendly letters while writing to a favorite author is an introduction to formal business letters.
2. Write a short book. Writing stories is another great way to encourage kids to write. Your child can write their stories in a notebook. Edit the stories for punctuation and spelling, but be gentle. It’s better to err on the side of too little than to discourage a love of writing.
Once the stories are written, have your child carefully copy the stories onto paper and illustrate them. You can do a formal stitched binding or simply staple the books together. Your child has now written their first book.
3. Write paragraphs on a favorite topic. Some kids love to write stories and others don’t. If your child believes writing a short story to be the equivalent of torture, have him write a paragraph every day on a topic of his choice.
In my case, one of my sons spent a summer studying ants. He followed ants. He examined the anthills. He read about ants. He wrote many, many, many paragraphs about ants all summer. To this day my son still adores ants.
4. Write and frame a poem. Spend a month reading and writing poems. Some will be bad, very bad indeed, but others will be delightful and a joy to read.
Pick a favorite poem for your child to copy neatly onto blank paper before illustrating the poem. Make it a fancy as you’d like. Frame it and proudly display your child’s poem prominently in your home.
5. Keep a journal. Keeping a journal to write about the day’s events is a great way to encourage kids of all ages to write. Your kids can journal about the birds flying about the yard or stories heard at soccer practice. The weather or even ants can be written about.
Encourage your child to take pride in their journal by investing in a high quality book. It will become a treasure to read in future years.
Don’t worry if your child doesn’t take quickly to writing. All kids are born with their own gifts, talents, and desires.
Do gently encourage your child to write using one of these 5 techniques, and eventually your child will learn to write.
What is your favorite way to encourage kids to write?
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