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Keep a diary

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Keep a diary

What to do with this activity?

Encourage your child to keep a personal daily journal or diary. It's real writing. Your child can keep track of things happening in their life and perhaps learn to express their feelings about events. Buy, or let them make, a small notebook and let them personalise it with drawings, stickers, cut-out images, or personal photos.

At first you might suggest things to write about, and discuss how to say it. Your child's confidence will grow as they write more.

Another option is to keep a holiday diary, or a hobby diary, for instance with sports or music events that are important to them. 

To find out how to make a simple journal click here.

  • Why am I doing this?

    Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practices it the stronger their writing ability will become. You child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child.

  • How can I do more?

    Decide on a writing project you could work on either together or with you standing by to help. This could be writing or sending an email to a family member or friend living away or your child writing about one of their interests. List key messages you want to write about, who else might read it and then begin work on the piece. Have a dictionary at the ready and use the spell checker if working on a computer.

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