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HELP! I can’t get my child to write . . .

We’ve all been there. Making our children sit down to WRITE seems like punishment for them and for us. Us, when they throw a fit, cry, or refuse to do it . . . sound familiar?

How about these real life writing experiences . . .

  • LISTS – make a grocery list of your favorite foods, make a list of all the toys you want, make a list of your friends, make a list of your favorite animals in order of preference, etc.
  • POSTCARDS – buy or make postcards – think of friends to write to, or family, and write a quick hello and how are you.
  • DEAR MOM – write a letter to argue for a pet or an allowance raise, make sure you list all the reasons you should get it.
  • TABLE PLACE CARDS – write down everyone’s name and make a seating arrangement for the table. (Even little ones can do this)
  • DIARY – get a new diary and write something every day — mom and dad can’t read it!
  • SUGGESTION BOX – Make a suggestion box for your family, and have family meetings to discuss.
  • MAP – Draw and label a map of your backyard, neighborhood, or park
  • ALL ABOUT BOOK – on your favorite subject (worms, ghosts, rocks, solar system, airplanes) – use the internet and books from the library
  • SURVEY – conduct a survey about favorite foods, favorite ice cream flavors, (can make into a graph later)
  • COMPUTER WORD PROCESSING -Write something on the computer and add pictures from clip art.

Does this help? Will you comment and let me know if you’ve found any that work for your child or other ideas that you’ve tried?

Alphabet book of nature’s treasures

Grab a box and send your kids out to collect nature’s treasures.

alphabet nature book-1Now, for more fun. Make your own nature alphabet books. In my Imagination Soup kid’s writing classes, I order my books from Bare Books. You can do this or make your own book by folding 14 pages and bind with staples or yarn.

Help your child by writing down each letter big enough for them to trace over. Add other words like ant, bird, grass and tree. Then, help your child say the word and figure out the beginning letter sound. Draw, glue or tape to that letter’s page in the book.

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Now, your young writer has written a book — one that can be added to for many days to come.

P.S. Your older kids will love this, too!

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