What to do with this activity?
1. You can encourage your child to write. Here are some ideas:
- - cards for family and friends, could be grandparents or family members you can't see at the moment.
- - notes in birthday cars and cards to say hello to family and friends at this time.
- - lists - like “places I'll go to after lockdown” or “likes and dislikes”. Put the date down too - great for later, when you look back.
- emails or text messages.
- lyrics of their favourite songs so they can learn them.
- a diary.
2. Be available to help out with spelling. A dictionary is good for spelling or check online.
3. Talk to your child about what they write. Be interested and praise what they have done well. Say what you liked about it.
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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