Help your child start a journal for writing down his ideas and feelings. Daily writing will actually help your child learn to write AND read better. When children write, they are constantly breaking words down; listening to the sounds within words and figuring out which letter or letters make a particular sound. This work will help your child break down, or decode, words as he reads as well. The focus of the journal should be ideas rather than correct spelling or punctuation or good penmanship. The journal can be a place to write down story ideas, plots of favorite TV shows, gift wish lists or other types of lists.