How to Help Young Writers: Suggestions for Parents

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With all the school closings, here is a friendly list for parents to engage their children in activities to help them grow as writers (and most likely, as readers, too!)


  • Read interesting books (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) aloud to your child, regardless of his age!
  • Create a writing space for your child at home with access to different sizes and colors of paper, lots of pens, markers, pencils, and blank books.
  • Encourage children to write for a purpose (send a letter to someone who lives far away, write a thank-you note, make a list of things to do, write a sign for a lemonade stand, write away for information for a report or travel brochures, design a room sign, or keep a diary as a personal history.
  • Create a photo-memory book together and write captions for the pictures.
  • Keep a trip journal.
  • For older kids, keep a reflective journal.
  • Limit television, video, and DVD time to perhaps an hour a day to allow students time to read, write, and create. (Active vs. passive learning)
  • Help your child establish a personal home library. Be a reading model yourself. The best writers are often the best readers.
  • Join the public library and visit it often.
  • Write notes to your child and encourage him to write back. Give him compliments, ask questions, and celebrate special events in your own words. Encourage him to do the same.
  • The art of storytelling is essential to the development and maintenance of a healthy imagination. Tell real and fantasy stories. The best ones are often stories about when you were a child or stories about grandparents and great grandparents!
  • It is easier for children to write once they have verbalized their stories. Collaborate to tell stories and ask your children to tell their own stories at a family dinner or gathering.
  • Be a writing role model – write to and with your child.
  • Help your child publish his writing using different formats.
  • Use reading and writing for pleasure, but never as a punishment!

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12 thoughts on “How to Help Young Writers: Suggestions for Parents

  1. This list is wonderful. The only thing that we cannot make happen anymore is visiting the library. The governor ordered all library is closed starting on Monday, but ours was closed today out of an abundance of caution. Therefore I’m scrambling to find a high-quality book app for Isabelle. She goes there a lot of early chapter books quickly.

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    • Epic has a great collection of chapter books on their app. Educators can sign up for free, and then you can just let your daughter read while logged in as you. (I made my son an account, but when we log in as him, it wants us to pay the monthly parent fee, so he reads on my account instead.) Also, our library has a ton of books available as eBooks. Miles is 9 and just discovered The Hardy Boys and they were working on mysteries in Literacy class. I was able to check out the next book in the series for him and when we do reading time, he uses my iPad.

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  2. I appreciate you taking the time to generate a variety of writing/reading opportunities for parents. A lot of us focus on the teacher’s perspective. I like how this is directed to support the parents. Great slice. Oh, the libraries too huh. That’s sad news.

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