Tuesday, November 5, 2013

6 Tips For Raising Writers

"From the time our kids were big enough to handle a crayon (before the age of 2), they have been filling notebooks.  They have progressed into excellent writers and readers, and we have lovely little scribbles to remind us where it all began.  Writing and drawing materials are one of the finest gifts you can provide to a child."      

      ~ My comment on the post The Importance of Writing Journals

Here are 6 tips you can use to bring out the writer in your children:

1.  Pick up a pen.

Get yourself a journal and put your thoughts on paper daily.  Even if you only record the day's events, you are demonstrating the importance of writing.

2.  Start them young.

It will be love at first scribble as soon as the crayon hits the page!

3.  Make positive associations.

Send them to their journals with their joyful experiences, happy thoughts, and ideas.  

During tough moments, point out that writing is an outlet and the page doesn't argue or judge.

4.  Read.

Read aloud to them, let them read to you, read on your own, and have them read independently.  Have discussions and encourage written responses to what was read.  

5.  Make it easy for them.

Have supplies available, encourage them to have a writing space of their own, and make their writing portable.

6.  Take them behind the scenes.

Point out the writing behind their favorite movies, TV shows and songs.

Class Discussion

Participation Points: Answer the Class Discussion question and get 50% off  Primary Lined Writing & Journal Paper!

How can I help you encourage your kids to write?

Happy Homeschooling!
Mrs. Redd

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