How To: Teach Kids to Write, Pragmatic Mom, http://PragmaticMom.com, get kids to write, Idea Paint, fun ideas to encourage children kids to write

How To: Encourage Kids to Write

How To:  Teach Kids to Write, Pragmatic Mom, http://PragmaticMom.com, get kids to write, Idea Paint, fun ideas to encourage children kids to writeMy Kindergarten Teacher sent this home to help us encourage our children to write at home.  Learning to write goes lock step with learning to read she says.  I’ve added a few more ideas.

Here’s some great ideas from her:

Phone Messages

  • Keep pen and paper by the phone.
  • Ask your younger child to write down the name and phone number of the person who called.
  • Ask an older child to take a message

Lists

  • Have your child create lists or help you create lists for things like:  groceries, things to pack for a trip or sleep over, guests for your birthday party, what I need to do each day before going to bed.
  • When you child gets home from school, create a To Do list and cross off as each task is completed.  Maybe there is a reward system for completed lists even!

Lunch Box Notes

  • Include a note in your child’s lunch box.  Kids love getting notes from their parents!
  • Your lunch box note can include what will happen after school as a reminder.

Postcards and Letters

  • Buy postcards either from your town or city or when you travel.  Have your child send postcards to his or her friends while on a trip as well as to relatives.
  • You can send postcards from home as well!
  • Each week, choose someone to write to.  This gets more exciting as your child receives letters and postcards back.
  • Pen pals are always fun, especially from other countries where you can exchange little gifts.

Messages

  • Leave messages in a conspicuous place for older kids to read.
  • Leave reminders for appointments or for activities.
  • Messages can also be routine:  Hi from Mom and Dad or Did you remember to practice piano today?
  • You can write up the play date schedule.  Wednesday, Suzy is coming over for a play date.

Assistance on the Computer

  • Ask your child to write down his question to you.  i.e. “How do you spell Bakugan/Webkinz/Pokemon/Nick Jr./PBS Kids?”
  • Write down the answer and let him or her type it into the computer browser.

Diaries

  • Give your child blank notebooks or journals to fill up with words and pictures.
  • Encourage your child to write a story.  Then decorate with drawings or stickers.  Keep these books with your real books and make a big deal about them when you read them.

White Boards/Windows and other fun surfaces

  • Let your child use white boards (portable or otherwise) to write notes and/or draw.
  • The windows in your house work as white boards if you use erasable markers.  Let them write their schedule, lists or even spelling words for a fun surface.
  • If there is a old surface for a kid’s art table, turn it into a white board with special white board paint.  Click on the image of the white board paint to check it out at Amazon.    

Most Important:  BE A ROLE MODEL!

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

9 Comments

  1. These are all excellent ways to getting your child motivate to write. My daughters were a natural early on for these sorts of activities and were all too eager to participate. However, my son….well, lets just say, he has never had the drive and still doesn’t to this day. The point being keep your kids involved with list making, letter writing, journalling, or simply doodling. Any and all of these will stimulate their brain whenever they engage in motor skill activities.

  2. Great ideas, thanks! I like the postcard idea very much.

    • I remember how excited my kids were and are to get postcards and it really wasn’t that hard to get them to write postcards while on vacation as long as mom remembered to bring the addresses and the stamps! (ie me! thank god for cell phones that store addresses!)

  3. great suggests. I have been trying the blank book and it has been working. Will have to do the others as well ­čÖé Thanks

  4. Starting to teach kids how to write smaller things is really a great step towards their improvement. Thank you for the list.

    • Hi Mark,
      The new writing curriculum at school, Lucy Calkins, stresses writing about small moments. It’s a great way to teach kids to write. I’ve seen huge improvement in my kids’ writing since they started this new teaching method.

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