Encourage your child to keep a journal or a diary. Give
a book with blank pages as a gift. Help your child pick
out a special pen. Then encourage her to put thoughts
and feelings on paper.
Write notes or shopping/To Do lists, and have your child
do the same.
Have your child draw a picture, before writing, and then
ask your child to tell you about the picture. Prompt for
details to get them thinking about what they will write
Encourage your child to think through how his story will
end in order to avoid getting stuck mid-story. Once he
knows the beginning and the end, the middle will write
Have your child use a graphic organizer, before writing.
This will help them to organize their ideas and get the
Tell them not to worry about spelling- just to get their
thoughts on the paper. You can always go back and edit
If handwriting is a struggle, try allowing them to type
on the computer.
Keep a running list of writing ideas that they are
interested in, so that they can go back to at a later
time when they say "they have nothing to write about."
Try not to influence their ideas, directing them toward
something you "know" will work ó tempting as it may be.
"Creativity and passion flow best when kids feel
ownership over their writing."
If your child is suffering from writer's block, let them
walk away for a while and revisit the writing later.
Try to do your childís writing assignment yourself.
Then, when both you and your child are finished, look
over each otherís work.
Use email. Itís a great way to stay in touch with
friends and family. (Grandparents love to hear from
Read a book with your child. Then write a letter talking
about what youíve read. Encourage your child to write
back. This will also help your child learn to read for
Timed Writing: Each night have your child speed write as
much as they can (yes, it has to make sense) and see how
much they can write in 5 minutes. You can tell them it
can be something private, if that motivates them (you
won't peek at what it says), or it can be about their
day, or what they want to do that night- anything! Have
them count up their words, and keep track of how many
words they're writing at a time. You'll see progress
immediately, and kids love to "beat their scores"!