Do your kids look forward to practicing reading and writing each day? Help them view language learning as convenient and pleasurable activities with strategies like these:
Text yourself a story
Every day, we see odd things, have new ideas, and feel emotions we'd like to express. Don't let them slip away! Text or email them to yourself. At the end of the day, copy your messages into a word document or write them down on paper. Once you've got the habit, your texts are a journal filled with writing inspiration.
Follow the music
Most kids have a particular vocal group whose music "speaks" to them personally. Encourage your kids to find the lyrics of their favorite songs and read them as they listen to their music. Seeing the relationship between written and sung words helps us become more aware of the individual sound units in language and gives us a deeper appreciation of how words can be used creatively.
Make home a reading zone
Whether you have a single shelf or a whole room full of books, a library at home sends a clear message to kids that reading is important and valuable. You can find suggestions for setting up your home library here. And right now is a great time to do it. The San Francisco Public Library's annual Big Book Sale is less than three weeks away!
Talk to your kids about how they use words in their lives. Together, you can find new ways to make reading and writing the good parts of each day.