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Encourage regular writing at home

Children need to be taught how to express themselves in writing. It takes practice to know which word to choose to describe your thoughts. If you help your child become familiar with this process at home, she’s more likely to be comfortable writing at school, too—and you’ll see that comfort reflected in her grades.

Here’s how to encourage your child’s writing at home:

• Make it easy. Have pens, pencils, paper and notebooks around the house. Send your child email or text messages. Or have a “silent hour” where all communication happens by writing!

• Play games. Do crossword or word-find puzzles with your child. Play Scrabble or Boggle. You might even invent a new board game together. Have your child design the board and write the rules.

• Suggest that your child keep a journal. If she’s not sure what to write about, ask her “What if?” questions to spark her creative imagina­tion. What if oranges were purple? What if dogs could talk?

• Look for real-life reasons for your child to write. You can encourage your child to write notes to friends, to-do lists or shopping lists. Or have her write a formal menu for family dinner!

• Be a role model. Talk about what you’re writing—”I’m writing a letter to your Aunt Mary.” “I’m typing up a report for work.” Use a dictionary or thesaurus when you read and write and encourage your child to use those references, too.

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