We all know that good writing skills are important for effective communication. In general, children who have good writing skills have an easier time in school and get better grades.
While our children may not aspire to become professional writers, everyone can benefit from learning to write well.
Here are some ideas to help encourage your child to develop their writing skills:
Exposure to good writing can help children develop their own writing skills. Check with your school or librarian to find a list of books recommended for your child’s age. Here are a few books that we enjoyed:
- The Cat in The Hat (for preschoolers)
- Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm (for early readers)
- Henry and Ribsy (for elementary age)
- Redwall (Tale of Redwall) (for late elementary and early junior high age)
Diaries or Journals.
Children love to keep these kinds of records. Encourage them to keep a diary and watch their writing skills improve. For inspiration you can point to popular diary series books like:
- The Princess Diaries, The Royal Diaries (try Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, France, 1553)
- The Dear America Series (try Dreams In The Golden Country)
- Older children may find inspiration in The Diary of Anne Frank
Are you taking a vacation? Why not have your children create a trip log of the experience? With notebooks and expensive cameras children can create memorable vacation logs that will also improve their writing skills.
Do you do a family newspaper? Many people do this at Christmastime, but there’s no reason that there can’t be more frequent editions. Why not schedule a mid-year edition featuring your child as the reporter?
Book reports are not just for school. Encourage your child to read book reviews and then to create their own book review for their favorite book. They can also write reviews of their favorite movies and music. If you have a family website, you could even start a review column to publish their reviews.
Children who create blogs should be supervised to ensure that they do not provide any personally identifiable information. However, some schools encourage children to create and update their own blogs.
These are just a few of my ideas for encouraging children to read. What are your ideas? I’d love to hear from you.
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