Writing Tips For Parents





1.  LET YOUR CHILD SEE YOU WRITE - You, as the parent, lead by example.  This could be done with grocery lists, directions for recipes, messages to friends and family, etc....  Let the child help.  How else are they going to learn if you don't let them try.


2.  READ ALOUD TO YOUR CHILD AS MUCH AS YOU CAN -  You can talk about the books you read together.  Talk to them about what they did or didn't like about the book. They can also do this with a younger or older sibling.


3.  ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO WRITE - This goes along with #1.  BE POSITIVE!!!!


4.  PLAY WITH LANGUAGE -  Have a family bulletin board with post-its and pencils available.  You can post daily notes or jokes that your child could respond to.  They could also make up wanted posters for family

members.  Let them use their imagination.


5.  LISTEN TO YOUR CHILD - The attention that you give your child builds self-esteem and helps them develop confidence in their oral language.


6.  WRITE TO YOUR CHILD - This can be done by putting notes in their lunch boxes, books, book bags, or pockets.  Encourage your child to do the same thing. 


7.  MONITOR T.V. VIEWING - You need to watch with your child and talk about what you are watching.  They can respond to you verbally or in writing.


8.  ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO KEEP A JOURNAL - Have them write in a journal (whatever is appropriate for their age) where you can respond to them.


9.  CREATE A PORTFOLIO - Save writing that your child has done at different times throughout the year.  You can compare each piece of writing to show the growth they have made. 


10. SUBSCRIBE TO CHILDREN'S MAGAZINES - There are some that accept their writing.  Having their writing published can be a boost to their self-esteem and give them an 'I can do it' attitude.  Two magazines that will

do this are "Highlights" and "Zoo books".