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At the beginning of each year we like to think we can improve the way we do things.Talk with your child about New Year's resolutions. Resolutions are simply plans to do something better in the future. Often people write down a list of those plans to get themselves off to a good start.
Have a think together about what resolutions your child might make, and encourage them to write a list. It's a good idea to make the plans positive rather than negative. So "I will eat more fresh fruit" is better than a negative "No snacks between meals". Set realistic goals. Look at the list after a few days or a few weeks to see if you are all keeping to your resolutions.
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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