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It's good to have fun with words.
Do you or your child know what a pangram is? It's a sentence containing every letter of the alphabet like the one above - "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog". In fact this pangram repeats some letters of the alphabet. Get your child to check which letters are repeated. One letter is repeated 4 extra times. Can they tell you which one?
Pangrams are good for practicing touch typing, because your fingers have to know where all the letter are.
Here's another pangram - "The five boxing wizards jump quickly". Which letters of the alphabet are repeated? Again, there's one letter that is repeated three extra times.
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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