In a recent article, Forbes Magazine lists writing as the number one skill to be more attractive to an employer when seeking a job.
There are ways to help your child become a better writer by setting them up for success at home. Here are six tips to help your child become an awesome writer:
1. Build a Climate of Words at Home
The basis of good writing is good talk. Have conversations with your child about vacations and other experiences, and then encourage them to write some of these stories in a journal.
2. Allow Your Kids to See YOU Writing
Whether it’s a grocery list or a thank you note, kids should see writing as a regular activity.
3. Compliment Your Child’s Writing
This is not the time to be critical. It’s okay to give some gentle advice from time to time, but your child needs to feel good about their writing. This is also not the time for getting picky about neatness, spelling and punctuation. Allow your child to let writing flow from them without the worry of being judged.
4. Resist the Urge to Write FOR Your Child
Kids need to take ownership of their own writing. This includes the first draft or any other revisions they need to make on their paper or writing assignments.
5. Set Up a Writing Area
Include some of these when designing the space:
- pencil sharpener
- different types of paper
- stationary/stamps (for letters)
- erasers/correcting tape
6. Read to Your Child
Don’t forget that every time you read a book aloud to your children, they become better readers and writers. Point out clever words and techniques the author used to make you laugh or feel an emotion. Remind them that every book they read began with a writer!
Written by Linda Chavez
Do you have questions about writing or encouraging writing in your home? Please leave your questions in the comment section below.