Writing with your child is just as important as reading.
Writing with your child
"Before Reading Recovery I couldn't read books but now I can write stories for my friends to read," Reading Recovery child.
Writing with your child is just as important as reading. It allows your child to create messages, to explore the sounds of language, how to write them, and to learn sentence structures.
You can make opportunities for writing at home. If you carry a notebook with you and a pen, your child can write a little story for you in a dentist or doctor's waiting room, on the bus or train, or while you are busy preparing a meal.
One way to encourage your child to write is for you to talk about writing while you are doing it. This could be while you are writing a shopping list, a greetings card, filling in a form, or writing a letter.
The most important thing to remember is to make writing fun and not hard work..
What can you do to help?
- Carry paper and a pen with you and encourage your child to write
- Be positive and be interested in their writing
- Let them write their own stories or message (e.g. in a card or using magnetic letters on the fridge). Children who only copy text start to believe writing is only possible if somebody else has written it first
- Read the sentence(s) or stories they have written
- Have your child write alongside you when you are writing and talk to your child about what you are doing
- Encourage your child to send cards or postcards to people who will write back