All over the world, writers from kids to seniors are discovering the pleasure and benefits of blogging. In addition to the fun of sharing your ideas with others, blogging has many important benefits in developing reading and writing skills.
Here are just a few of the benefits writers can gain from regular blogging:
Build writing, grammar, and reading skills
Writing and reading are skills that grow with practice. Posting a blog article once a week can give kids a chance to produce writing without the pressure of grades. Encourage your kids to compose their writing offline to check spelling and grammar so they can be proud of what they post.
Generate enthusiasm for writing
Some kids love volcanoes. Others want to talk about nothing but seahorses, soccer, or wizards. Being part of an online blogging community with similar interests inspires kids to do research to back up their ideas and to write as much as they want about their current obsessions.
Discover verbal creativity
Essays assigned in school must be focused on specific tasks. This often means we have little time to learn how creative we can be with language. Blogging gives kids a chance to experiment with word choices, play with structure, and have fun with images.
Experience the value of reflective writing
Writing about our thoughts, without a time limit or competition, can often relieve anxiety by giving us insight and a sense of control over our lives. Blog writing offers kids a chance to reflect on and express ideas that matter to them.
Develop a personal voice
What we say and how we say it makes our voices recognizably our own. The same is true of our writing. Blogging lets us experience the satisfaction of "owning" writing and inspires us to develop a style that is unique.
Become aware of an audience
When we write in school, we visualize the teacher reading our work. A blogging community gives kids the experience of writing for a wider audience and helps them learn how to shape and control their writing. It can also provide a real boost in self-esteem!
With benefits like these, blogs are sure to be used more and more in education, entertainment, and commerce.
Blogging online has risks if used unwisely, but taking the time to help your kids set up and maintain a blog on a reputable, safe site is a good investment in their future.
For more information about how The Literacy & Language Center can help your child succeed, call us today at (415) 242-1205.