Writing isn’t the easiest task for many students, with homework and writing assessments often leaving them feeling frustrated and discouraged. Here at Tutor Doctor we know how important it is for parents to encourage their children to learn even when they aren’t at school. That’s why we’ve come up with 7 easy ways to improve your child’s writing skills all in the comfort of your own home.
1. Create a fun writing space
Before encouraging your child to write always make sure that they have a fun and creative writing space that is free from distractions. Make sure you provide a variety of fun pens and colourful paper to make writing exciting.
2. Have words of the week
A really great way to build up your children’s writing skills at home is by choosing 5 strong vocabulary words to learn every week. This could include words such as ‘obstacles’, ‘curious’ along with descriptive words such as ‘fantastic’ and ‘bizarre.’ You could even create a vocabulary log book and reward your kids depending on how many words they learn each week.
3. Encourage writing in all varieties
It’s important to ensure that you actively encourage a variety of writing styles. Your child could write a shopping list, fictional story, a diary/journal, a news story or even a letter. Remember writing doesn’t always have to be written on paper. It’s always good practice to get them to email a friend or publish a short story online.
4. Be a writing role model
It’s crucial that you set a good example for your child. Allowing them to see you writing can be extremely encouraging and insightful. Once they see that you are enjoying writing, it’s likely that they will be inspired to do the same. Always take time to share what you’ve been writing about with them, whether you read it out loud or simply tell them what you’ve been doing- it will all be interesting to them.
5. Find your child’s passion
A really fun way to build and improve on kids writing skills is by finding their passion and incorporating it into writing. For example does your child love the Harry Potter books? Then why not get them to write a letter to J K Rowling about why they love her stories so much? You could even encourage them to pencil an alternative ending or what happens next. After all, any writing is good practice.
6. Write on a daily basis
Writing on a daily basis will enable your child to come on leaps and bounds. The more practice they get, the more they will learn and progress. You could even introduce writing into their daily homework routine. Just watch their confidence in their own writing capabilities grow and grow!
7. Read, read and read some more!
The easiest way to improve writing skills is by reading, and lots of it. Reading exposes your children to lots of general vocabulary, word study and content-specific vocabulary. The more they read, the more advanced and precise their writing will become.