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Your child might write things related to their interest. For example they might make a list of all the breeds of dogs they know or all the names of dinosaurs they know.
Your child might like to make a scrap book about their favourite star, group or team. Let them cut pictures out of magazines and papers and write their own captions. This can be something they start and add to as they find more information.
If their interest is something they follow on TV, for example a sport, or on the internet, they might like to jot down details of events – who scored in the match and birthdays of people they admire. Pretend they are writing an article about a TV programme or sports event for a magazine or newspaper - telling readers all about it and what they think of it personally.
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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