Is your child struggling in school with her writing skills? Do you think that with just a little bit of a push that she could do better? Does she seem to resist the portion of her schoolwork that involves writing? Well, take heart. I think that I may have a few solutions for you.
Have her engage in fun activities
One of the ways to help her improve her writing skills is to have her participate in activities that cause her to write that aren’t directly related to her schoolwork, i.e., encourage her to write emails or notes to her grandparents or other family members; get her a journal and prompt her to write in it every day; or have her write you a summary once a week of a wish list of things that she might like, why she likes them, and why she should have them.
Have her read more
It always has been, and always will be, true. The more you read, the better you write. Coax her to read more, whether it be comic books, road signs while you’re out and about, or, even better, a wide variety of books. Make a game out of it where she gets to interact with you in discussion about the things that she has read.
Get her a tutor
Some children just need a little extra help, and there’s no shame in that. Hire a tutor who specializes in reading and writing skills. This can be done either through a learning center, an in-home service, or even an online tutoring agency. There’s a tutoring option out there that will fit perfectly with your, and most importantly, her, lifestyle.
Decrease her TV and video game time
Watching TV and playing video games are passive mental pastimes. You want to stimulate the active intellectual center of her brain more, so limit TV viewing and game time, and, of course, redirect her efforts into some type of reading and/or writing activity. The same applies if she constantly has her head buried in a smartphone or iPod touch.
Reward her for any improvements that she makes in this area
Positive reinforcement is almost always an effective method for ensuring the recurrence of a desired behavior. What types of treats and rewards does she enjoy? Make sure that you consistently recognize her efforts to improve and reward her with wished for rewards (you can draw from the wish list suggested above) for achievement.
As a career writing professional with an advanced educational background in this area, I’ve found all of the aforementioned to be successful strategies in helping children to improve their skills in the area of writing-and I believe that you will too.