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What is a zine? It's short for magazine, but there are usually only a few copies of them, or maybe just one copy. You can make a zine out of one piece of A4 paper. Watch the video above to find out how.
Of course, once you've made it, you have to think what the content of the ezine is going to be - pictures and words. Set a theme for your child to make it easier. The theme could be about their favourite hobby, about what happened on a particular day, their favourite TV programme or whatever they come up with themselves.
Here is another youtube video for extra ideas.
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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