Learning Tip: The Write Topics
By Susan Dichter
The only way to become a better writer is to write more. But how do you interest a reluctant child in the dreaded pencil and paper?
One technique that works is to set aside a short period each day in which you and your child both write in your respective journals. To get your child started, you can suggest interesting topics:
The Day I Was Very Angry
What I Would Do With A Million Dollars
Three Things That I Think Should Be Changed At My School
My Idea Of A Perfect Birthday Party
The Funniest Thing I Ever Did
My Mother Is Silly Because…
If you keep it short (a mere ten minutes), and work along with your child, allowing him or her to see that writing can involve errors (messy handwriting, crossing out, making mistakes), there is a good chance that your child will begin to approach the written word with a more positive attitude.
Susan Dichter wears many hats—mother, writer, former teacher, museum director, and librarian; her books include Teachers: Straight Talk From The Trenches.
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