How to Encourage your Child to Write
Kids love to learn new words… my 10 year old son is constantly asking me what something means. And often I just try and get away with the quickest response so that I can get back to doing what I am doing. But this would actually be a really good opportunity to have a discussion around words and meaning. Talking about words that you hear on the radio or read in a magazine is a great way of developing vocabulary for your child.
Reading helps writing, so encouraging your little one to read will help then when they want to write. Not only are the learning about grammar and syntax, but they are also learning how stories are woven together bringing words to life in their imagination.
As children write more, they begin to develop their own writing identity. And this doesn’t take very long. After all, writing is just an expression of the unique individual that is your child. You will begin to notice that they have a particular style or humour. As you begin to notice this thread, talk about it to your child so that they become aware of it too. Ask them questions to write about… ‘My favourite author is…’ ‘I like to write because…’ And my all time favourite one is ‘I am most happy when…’ I have been doing that for years with my children and it’s just wonderful to see them express themselves and really feel into the times when they are most happy. And believe it or not, it’s when they are not on their phones or computers or watching a movie. It’s when they are in communication and relationship with the people around them and therefore the world.
Both my children love to write. My daughter has a very girlie writing station; lovely pastel notebooks and coloured gel pens. And my son has a very old school writing station, with a feather ink pen, a pot of ink, and a leather bound journal. I am always happy to spend a bit of money on giving them the tools that help them to express themselves, and I love popping my head into their bedrooms to see them scribbling away.
If you are going on holiday, buy your child a journal and a special pen, and at the end of the day, get him or her to spend half an hour reflecting on their day and writing about it. It’s such a great way for them to deepen their experience and I am sure there will be lots of laughs when you read them a few years later!