What to do with this activity?
1. Encourage your child to write about things they are interested in.
For example, they could write out music lyrics, write about sports game or write a short story.
2. Be supportive and available to them when they are writing.
Be ready to talk, encourage and help out when they get stuck. Let them know that writers do a draft and sometimes redo writing too.
4. Make writing a more enjoyable experience.
Your child might like to doodle or illustrate what they write. They might like to tell you the story first. You could maybe help them step by step to write down a story.
6. If you have difficulties writing yourself.
First of all you are not alone. Many adults struggle with reading and writing. If you want to improve your own skills you can call the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) freephone number: 1800 20 20 65. You can ask for a book called "Better handwriting for adults". The person at the other end of the freephone telephone can also advise you about other help available.
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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