Model writing yourself – shopping lists / letters / cards etc.
Provide a special place for your child to write / scribble provide a variety of materials- crayons markers /pencils (box)
Display your child’s name as often as possible i.e. Sean’s Room.
Teach your child the letters in his own name.
Provide alphabet books friezes.
Write messages / reminders to your child.
Encourage child to write his / her own messages .
Praise your child’s efforts.
Ask child to read their own messages. Respond to the messages and not to grammar and spelling.
Third & Fourth Class:
Praise your child’s efforts – respond to the message and not spelling / handwriting grammar.
Look for opportunities for purposeful writing activities at home - writing greeting cards, notes, telephone messages.
Encourage your child to use a word processor / computer.
Provide a quiet writing /study area for your child well equipped with pencils/ paper
Encourage your child to keep a diary.
Support your child’s spelling attempts.
Encourage him to have a go at spelling difficult words.
Use scrapbooks to support the child’s hobby / special interests. Presents that support writing.
Make sure your child has a dictionary to help with writing.Help child fill in personal details on forms etc.
Fifth & Sixth Class:
Encourage your child to keep a diary. Respect privacy.
Encourage your child to write for real purposes everyday – shopping lists / phone messages etc.
Praise the effort and respond to the message and not the handwriting, grammar etc.
Make sure that your child has access to a dictionary, thesaurus to help with writing.
Allow your child work on a word processor.
Try crossword puzzles and ‘Find the word puzzles’.
Provide a range of attractive writing materials – coloured pens, fancy paper.
Encourage your child to write greeting cards / thank you notes etc.
Encourage your child to take part in writing competitions / community projects.
Show your child that you value writing by writing yourself.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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