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Learning to write well is an important communication skill. Children learn about writing from watching others and from the writing they see around them – things like adverts, notes, papers and letters. One of the most important ways to encourage your child to write is by providing them with a model of a writer – you!


I Always praise your child to develop their confidence as a writer. Even if their writing is not entirely recognisable


I Choose a time when your child wants to write and when you are able to help. However, if your child is reluctant, don’t insist


I Talk with your child before they begin to write. This will help them clarify their ideas


I Encourage your child to try to write for themselves, even if they make mistakes. Suggest they have a go with words that they don’t know how to spell. They need to say the word slowly and write down the sounds they hear. If they really don’t want to, just spell out the word for them


I As your child begins to write at home, do not over-emphasise neatness in their writing attempts. When children write they need to get their ideas down first. To help them with their handwriting, have them practice copying poems or stories from books


I Ask your child to read their writing to you as they write and when they have finished. This will help them understand the importance of the reader


I Children need to feel that they are writing for a purpose. This can be in the form of letters to friends, stories, shopping lists, making and writing greeting cards, plans for a party, postcards and diaries


I Children can often be encouraged to write if they have nice notebooks or mini whiteboards to use


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