Top Tip Tuesday: How to provide writing opportunities at home

Writing on-line is great for consolidating school learning. Handwriting is important too and we actively encourage this at Gomer through a variety of opportunities. Furthermore, children at Gomer are reminded about suitable handwriting positions and tips for writing neatly in pen. It takes time to develop strong writing skills, and it can be a tough task to accomplish. Thankfully, there are many things that parents/carers can do at home to help improve children’s writing skills.

We love reading at Gomer and provide children with a banded and library book alongside reading to the children ourselves – ask them about their class GChallenge book (2-3 years above their age). Regular reading is a stepping stone to better writing and helps children to strengthen their writing skills. It helps expand children’s vocabulary and shows them different ways of using words. This also makes it easier for them to use these words in their own writing.

With younger children, make sure you’re reading together every day and encouraging their love of reading as they grow

From fun activities to daily reading and writing sessions, these tips on how to improve kids’ writing skills will help your child build his or her skills in no time.

It may be worth investing in a writing toolbox at home to support and/or encourage your child to write.

Things you could use to help your child write at home:  Scrap paper, pens, paper, post-it notes, pads, notebooks, pencils, newspaper, magazines, catalogues, computer, Internet, felt tip pens, envelopes, cards, chalk boards, magazines/newspapers for them to cut out pictures to put into their writing.

Try to make your child feel good about their writing. Praise them when they are writing and let them see that you like writing too.

Try to make your child feel good about their writing. Praise them when they are writing and let them see that you like writing too.

What to write about?

Talk to your child about what they are writing about at at school. Or, make some different suggestions:

  • Your child could write about what happened in their favourite part of a film.
  • Encourage your child to write down what the characters say.
  • Draw pictures of characters or places in stories and think of words to describe them. Write these words around the picture.
  • Make your child the ‘family writer’; ask them to write thank you letters, to do lists, shopping lists, e-mails, calendar entries and texts. This shows your child that writing is a real life activity.Image result for writing with your child