The practice of writing - almost any kind - can move a reluctant writer towards new confidence. The more enjoyable the writing, the better the experience.
Try these writing activities just for fun (and for boosting skills) this summer:
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Create funny "Attention" or "Warning" signs to post around the house. With paper, markers, and tape, kids can make and post signs that give family members a laugh and make writing painless. Put up new signs every week or whenever an idea strikes.
Develop a secret code
Secret code writing is fun for people of all ages - grade school to grandparents. Secret codes give us wonderful bonuses in thinking skills as well as awareness of word and sentence structure. Help kids write their own personal code for notes and journals or find ideas for secret codes online.
Got a few minutes to wait? Fill them up with freewriting!
Freewriting is an open-ended, no-rules way to get words flowing. Find some writing prompts for kids and pre-teens. Let everyone help so there is a wide range of topics.
Print them out and cut up the page so you have a lot of individual prompts. Put your prompts into a box to take along on doctor's visits, restaurants, and car trips. Be sure everyone (including yourself) has a writing notebook and pencils or pens. When you settle in to wait, pull out the "prompt box" and let each person choose a topic.
Set a timer
Remember, anything goes in freewriting. If you have a thought, even a wacky one, write it down! Set a timer for 1-5 minutes and write without stopping until the time is up. Share your writing with the group or keep it to enjoy reading later.
Writing opportunities are all around us. Find them for fun this summer! Learn more about how The Literacy & Language Center can help your child succeed.