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Teach your child to write

Here are some ways you can help your child learn to write:

Write notes

  • Have him write thank you notes and letters to friends and family.
  • Write notes. Leave them around the house for your child to find.
  • Put notes on his pillow, in his lunchbox, and bookbag.
  • Ask him to answer your note with a note of his own! You can have fun looking for the notes you left each other.
  • Ask him to write shopping lists and menus.

Write Journals

  • Speak to your child through journals, logs, and diaries. You and your child can share your special thoughts by keeping a journal or diary together. Write in it every day!
  • Start a "Family Journal." Have everyone write their thoughts and feelings. You can write notes, poems, and short stories. Include photos and drawings of family members. Add to the journal each month.
  • Use a family trip to begin a book. The photos tell the story. Then you and your child add sentences below each of the pictures. Your child will want to read the photo journal again and again.

Write using a keyboard

  • Practice typing on the TTY and TDD. Your child can call her friends. They can type back and forth, or use a relay operator.
  • If you have a computer at home or at your child's school, you can write online. Do this using email, chat rooms, and listservs. This is good writing practice and a fun way to talk with friends and family!

Be creative!

  • Go to writing workshops at your child's school and nearby bookstores. Writing workshops are classes. You and your child can share your work and get help from others.
  • Round robins are a fun way to share stories.
    • Sit in a small circle with your child and a few other people.
    • Start off a story with a sentence like "Once upon a time…"
    • Write a few sentences, and then pass the story to your child.
    • Keep passing the story around the circle until someone writes an ending.
  • Write stories, poems, and raps together. Take turns trying to think of words that rhyme or look alike, like cat, hat, mat, bat, and pat.

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