How to encourage a reluctant writer
Writing is one of the most powerful skills that anybody can have. We all benefit from written words in one way or another, whether it is a good fun book, instructions on the packaging of food, lyrics to a song, or even this blog! If your child is reluctant when it comes to writing, it is worth exploring why this is, encouraging them and helping them to develop, appreciate and enjoy this most useful life skill.
The first thing to note is that writing is intricately linked to reading, and development in one aids development in the other. If there is something that your child enjoys reading, you may encourage them to write down what they liked about it, even if it is just one sentence. So they start there and build on that.
Other tips to get your child writing more include:
1. Make it practical
Consider asking your child to help you with practical day-to-day things such writing a shopping list, or noting down house chores, or the dinner menu for each day of the week. From there, they can grow to writing other things.
2. Make it fun
Children will often appreciate and enjoy some form of writing, such as birthday cards, poems or songs – find out what it is that they like, and help them to do more of it. A child who likes reading birthday cards, is likely to enjoy writing them, for example. Or, they might enjoy writing a few sentences about their day, either for themselves (journaling), or to send to a friend (letter-writing).
3. Writing / Word games
There are games such as crossword puzzles that you can do with your children, to help them not only to write more, but also read and even spell better. Remember, it all works hand-in-hand to develop their mastery of the language.
4. Explore various forms
Although writing includes a pen or pencil on paper, in this day and age it isn’t limited to that. Letters of the alphabet on fridge magnets, markers on a whiteboard, blogs, all count! Consider helping your child explore one or more of these forms of writing, depending on their interests.
5. Start now
Get them to start writing a few pages a day to several pages a day on any topic they enjoy. You can provide them with vocabulary books to help them along the way. Practice makes perfect.
Writing is a great tool for communication, as well as another important life skill, and at Clarssroom we are here to help your child develop that skill, so that it can serve them well over the course of their lives.