Writing is a great form of self-expression. Children who write—even if it’s just a few pages in their journal—will be able to articulate their ideas and feelings better. This not only reaps numerous benefits in school (term papers will be a breeze!) but also gives them a deep level of self-awareness. But how do you get kids to love to write? Here are some tips.
Teach reading first
One of the best ways to get kids to love writing is to get them to love reading. You can’t do this in a militaristic way–the most effective way is through exposure and example. Fill the house with books of all subjects. Show your child your own love for reading. When he sees you reading a newspaper, or unwinding with a favourite fiction book, then he will also be enticed to read too.
Make reading and writing fun
Encourage kids to write stories about their favourite superheroes or cartoon characters, or to continue the adventures of a hero in a movie that they love. For example if he liked Harry Potter than let him think of side stories for a minor character.
‘Print’ his books
Print out and bind his stories. He will be happy to see his name in print and motivate him to write more. You can even distribute his books to friends and family—what a great way to encourage him and boost his confidence!
Encourage him to write about personal experiences
Give your child a diary to jot down his experiences and thoughts. For example he can write down his impressions during a family vacation, or his ideas or opinions about an important issue.
Encourage your child to email family members or friends. Even just a monthly email on what he’s doing at school, or the book he’s reading, will help him learn how to condense and organize his thoughts.
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