What to do with this activity?
Encourage your child to write a little every day. It doesn't have to be something long that takes time. Getting into the habit of writing a little, but often, is a good idea. Here are some ideas for writing every day:
- thank you, birthday and Christmas cards
- notes in the house, like shopping lists or telephone messages
- signs for their bedroom door
- emails to family and friends
- stories and poems
- things to do lists
- top ten favourite lists
Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their writing ability will become. Your 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. Word searches and crosswords can help with pattern recognition and spelling, and help build vocabulary and spelling.
Give your child lots of opportunities to write - notes, birthday cards, emails or text messages. Encourage your child to make and write their own books about something they are interested in, for example, cars, dinosaurs, fairies or dogs. They can draw or stick in their own pictures.
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