What to do with this activity?
1. Encourage your child to write about things they are interested in.
For example, they might like to write out music lyrics, an account of a sports match, or to make up a story.
2. Be supportive and available to them when they are writing.
Be ready to talk, encourage and help out when they get stuck.
4. Make writing a more enjoyable experience.
Think of ways to make the time your child is writing a little more enjoyable. They might like to doodle or illustrate what they write. Or they might like to tell you the story first. You can then help them step by step to write down the story.
6. If you have difficulties writing yourself.
First of all you are not alone. Many adults struggle with reading and writing and still encourage their child. If you want to improve your skills you can call the NALA freephone number 1800 20 20 65 for a good resource "Better handwriting for adults" from the National Adult Literacy Agency. The person at the other end of the freephone telephone can also advise you about other options.
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.
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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