Is getting your child to write their composition practice as tiresome as pulling teeth?
“Mummy, I don’t know what to write!” might be a common complaint that echoes in your household during homework time.
Most of us have experienced the mental fog that accompanies staring at a blank sheet of paper or Word document—writer’s block is certainly no stranger even to the most eloquent of adults.
As a parent or instructor, our role is to develop our children’s resilience and encourage them to love reading and writing. Among its many benefits, writing helps a child to be more in-tune with their thoughts and feelings, helps them communicate better with others, and gives them more insight about the world around them.
Here are 3 strategies to spark your child’s interest in writing.
1. Create a writing environment at home
Good habits are easy to form if they are simple and straightforward. Make it convenient for your child to access pencils, pens, and paper at home. A quiet and conducive writing space free of clutter could be designated for these writing sessions. This way, your child can easily pen their thoughts once the mood strikes.
Also consider getting them into the habit of journaling and reflecting on their day, even if it’s just a mere 5 sentences at the beginning. It’s alright to start small, if the long-term goal is to eventually get your child into the habit of writing independently (rather than turn them off from the craft altogether).
2. Encourage your child to write about their interests
We may not be able to choose what topics come out for the exams, but that doesn’t mean our children’s writing practice has to be limited within the scope of these tried-and-tested topics.
Is your child interested in food? Why not get them to write the script for their own TV cooking show?
Is your child into sports? Have them write a descriptive commentary of one of their favourite games!
Getting your child to write about their own interests does not only give them that extra push to write, but it also expands their knowledge and vocabulary of the field they are writing about.
3. Write Your Own Adventure Workshop
Most of us are familiar with “Make Your Own Adventure” stories, where the reader is allowed to decide how the story progresses and concludes. Reading such stories is both refreshing and empowering, as it makes the reader feel more engaged in the story.
Think. Write is running our own “Write Your Own Adventure” Workshop over the March Holidays.
Date and Time:
Middle Primary (Ages 9-10): March 18-19 (Mon-Tue), 9am-12nn
Upper Primary (Ages 11-12): March 18-19 (Mon-Tue), 1-4pm
This 2-day workshop will instruct your child how to design their own “Make Your Own Adventure” story, where they will:
– Formulate a story outline with multiple endings
– Apply visuals to bring the stories to life
– Bind it together into their very own storybook
This workshop will:
– Stimulate your child’s imagination
– Develop their love for storytelling
– Build their confidence in writing
Interested to know more? Contact us at 86849414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.