Writing at home
- Have your child write instructions for taking care of the family pet.
- Write a letter or thank you note to a relative or a health worker. Talk through what your child wants to say before writing begins.
- Make a shopping list before going to the grocery store (no panic buying!).
- Write a review of a book or an item you recently purchased.
- Find an interesting picture and write a story about it.
- Start keeping a personal diary, a household guestbook, or a baby book for a younger sibling.
More fantastic ideas for writing available here (print it out – stick it on the fridge!)
Writing tip: Stay positive! Kids who are worried about spelling every word correctly will often stick to a small group of words they can spell, or may avoid writing altogether.
Help your child get their thoughts together in an organised way. Especially when a child starts writing, he may need help planning out what he wants to say. Use sticky notes to help organise ideas. Put each idea or important word on a note, and lay the notes out on the table for easy rearranging. This helps with planning and organisation.
- Use wide lined paper which helps kids line up and space their letters
- Use a whiteboard, which allows them to easily erase and try again
- Use a keyboard, which also allows kids to easily edit
Links to support writing at home
App – Years 0-4
Completely free app with educational videos and activities for kids aged 2 to 7.
Online – All Levels
A fun creative tool for kids who like to write stories. Through the platform, kids get to take a writing lesson and build a virtual story book (with drawings!)