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If your child is interested in music, encourage them to write their own songs. Songs are a combination of words and music. It's not a problem if your child can't read or write musical notes. Most successful singers and songwriters can't either. If your child plays guitar or piano, they can work out a series of chords to accompany their song. If they already enjoy a particular style of music - rock, pop, classical, country, folk or rap - they can get inspiration from the music they listen to.
If they want to go about writing a song, let them think first what they want to write about. Writing songs can be a wonderful way of expressing personal feelings that are hard to express in ordinary life. Most songs have an in built structure - a verse and a repeating chorus for example. See if they get any useful tips from this video called Ten Tips on How to Write a Song from The Coloured Scribbles.
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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