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Learning Tip: Start a Family Blog

By Susan Dichter

Many writers, including the Brontë sisters and Louisa May Alcott, started out by creating family newsletters. Your child can, too, in the form of a blog.

Starting a family or neighbourhood newsletter is "cheap, creative and educational," says Cynthia McGregor, author of Mommy I'm Bored. As editor-in-chief, your child will wear many hats, being reporter, interviewer, critic, artist, and historian all rolled into one. As she learns how to frame questions about her family's holiday plans or to shape a story about grandma's visit, she builds valuable communication skills.

She begins to think about the interests of each family member. Why not add a riddle for her younger brother, a sports section for grandpa, and a book review for her cousin?

She may also start to think about how her blog differs from the local newspaper. She may want to imitate some of its features, or even discover that there is room for a "children's page" in your hometown paper. At that point, she is on her way!



Susan Dichter wears many hats—mother, writer, former teacher, museum director and librarian; her books include Teachers: Straight Talk From The Trenches.