We all know it is important for kids to write well.
How well they write will directly impact their future job, income potential, and even how well they can express themselves in general.
Help kids learn, practice, and improve their writing with these 5 simple and effective tools:
Step 1 – Practice Makes Perfect
Kids need regular practice writing.
Regular writing will give kids the chance to sound out words, begin forming sentences, and to write based on a thought or topic.
Their writing doesn’t all need to be corrected, and actually it shouldn’t all be corrected. You want kids to try and enjoy writing. Making mistakes is part of learning. Kids will hopefully being to feel more comfortable and enjoy writing.
Ideas for helping kids practice writing:
- Writing Prompts (themed & monthly)
- In Depth Book Report & Simple Book Report
- Practice building good sentences
- Letters to Grandma & Grandpa
- Help you write the grocery list
- Write each other notes on post it notes and leave them around the house
Step 2 – Improve Writing
Give kids the tools they need to write by helping them learn to spell, practice punctuation, and build sentences. This should be included in whatever curriculum your kids use at school or in homeschool. Here are some fun practice games and worksheets:
- Dinosaur Bones Punctuation Game
- Marshmallow Incident’s Noun – Verb Sort
- My Spelling Dictionary
- Noun / Verb Food Sort
- S’more Sentence Game
- Dictionary Detectives
- Minion Contractions
- Parts of Speech BINGO
- Solve it! Parts of Speech Game
- 1st Grade Spelling Words – WORD SEARCHES
- 2nd Grade Spelling Word Crossword Puzzles
When they have the basics, help them form good paragraphs with topic sentences, 3-4 supporting sentences, and using a thesaurus to use “better” words.
Make sure that at least once a week you help go over something they wrote to help them find spelling errors, missing punctuation, capitalization errors, etc. They do need to learn to correct their work, just not everything they write.
Step 3 – Celebrate their Writing
Put everything kids have worked on together to make a fun, memorable book with Lulu Jr.
It “the old days” kids would just write several sheets, add a picture to a make a front cover and staple it together. Well, it’s not the olden days anymore!
Kids can now publish their very own book that is not only fun to make, but a great tool to improve writing, and a precious keepsake.
- Up to 28 pages
- Printed with child’s handwriting or typed
- Use markers provided to make vivid illustrations
- Professional bound
- Hard cover
- Title page
- Dedication Page
- About the Author
- (We used the IlluStory kit)
Super cool, right? Plus it’s affordable and you can easily order additional copies which make fantastic Christmas presents for Grandparents!
My son has been working all this year in 3rd grade to improve his writing. We had already learned to write good sentences, punctuation and what-not in 1st and 2nd grade. But this year we really worked on making good paragraphs, topic sentences, supporting sentences, and use better words we found in a thesaurus. This amazing keepsake book from Lulu Jr. was the perfect project to showcase all that he had accomplished.
My son is so proud of his book. And we are amazed with how much he has accomplished. What a treasured keepsake!
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