Spring is in the air! We all are eager to get at spring cleaning, but should our kids “spring clean” their writing? Here I mention 5 ways to clean up their writing.
Read Older Writings
Take an hour to read what your child wrote this past year. Click To Tweet
Take an hour to read what your child wrote this past year.
What patterns do you notice?
Has the writing improved?
Has the length increased?
Use these questions to guide how you will approach helping your child improve.
Suggest New Readings
If you notice some stagnation in their writing, maybe give your child some new books.
Educational books or literary ones can spark new and better writing.
After they read one of their new books, have a discussion with them.
See what observations or opinions your child has.
Maybe some of these could be written down just for fun and good practice.
Write From a Wacky Perspective
Go on a walk with your child.
Ask them what it would be like to view the world as an ant.
How would everything look different?
Would it be easy or hard?
How would the ant get food or stay safe?
Then ask them to write about this.
Some other wacky perspectives:
- Life as a fork
- If our fingers could talk
- Wake up on the other side of the world
- Life as a fish in a fish tank at the dentist’s office
No More of This For a Whole Day.
Bad little habits will subside after they intentionally try not to say it for a day. Click To Tweet
This can be done through talking or writing.
Tell your child they cannot say a certain word for the entire day, maybe “is” or “like.”
It needs to be a problem word that they overuse.
For one day they will be thinking so hard about how they talk.
Bad little habits will subside after they intentionally try not to say it for a day. Just watch!
Find a Tutor
Maybe after this process, you have realized that your child has some big issues writing.
You worry that they are not doing well enough.
Many people have been in your shoes.
Help is available!
You can find a tutor in your area or online to help your child write better.
I myself am here to help your child write better.
Send me an email today and set up a free mini-lesson to get your child the help they deserve.
I promise I will reply within 24 hours.
We all are eager to get at spring cleaning, but should our kids “spring clean” their writing? Click To Tweet
In exchange for doing any of these exercises, you can give your child a reward.
I, however, encourage you to remind your kids that good writing is its own reward.
Being able to describe the world around us and convey information is a true gift.
There is a lot of joy from working hard in school.
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