Supporting Your Child’s Writing

The easiest way to support your child(ren)’s writing at home is by providing them with authentic situations for them to write. This could include writing shopping lists, emails or letters to friends and family or starting a diary to capture everyday life. Some of the most common questions we have are around spelling and children not wanting to write at home.

Don’t panic about the spelling!
​Early attempts at spelling are not quite as random as they sometimes appear. Children’s ‘invented spelling’ give teachers a really clear idea about what your child(ren) understands about written language. We will be able to tell the difference between the misspellings that indicate normal literacy development and those that suggest a possible learning need. Our advice is to stay positive where spelling is concerned. In our experience child(ren) who are worried about spelling every word correctly will often stick to a small group of words they can spell, or may avoid writing altogether.

If your child(ren) is avoiding writing at home try to use materials and tools that support both their thinking process and the physical act of writing:

  • Use wide lined paper which help them line up and space their letters
  • Use a whiteboard, which allows them to easily erase and try again
  • Use a keyboard, which also allows children to easily edit 

Pobble 365 provides a daily interesting picture, writing prompt and philosophical questions to spark an idea for children’s writing. This is a great tool for keeping writing flowing during the school holidays.

Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. Storybird curates artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspires writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories.

Ready to get children excited about writing? Scholastic Story Starters activity serves up hundreds of creative combinations that take the writer’s block out of creative writing for students.

Pobble 365 provides a daily interesting picture, writing prompt and philosophical questions to spark an idea for children’s writing. This is a great tool for keeping writing flowing during the school holidays.

Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. Storybird curates artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspires writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories.

Ready to get children excited about writing? Scholastic Story Starters activity serves up hundreds of creative combinations that take the writer’s block out of creative writing for students.

Creative ways to produce writing  

In our experience, children are more engaged in the writing process when they are excited about having an authentic audience to share their work with. The following websites provide children with the ability to create high-quality pieces of work which are able to be shared easily with others.

Book Creator is a simple tool to create ebooks on iPad, Chromebooks and on the web. Create a book and publish it to Apple’s iBooks Store, or share it online 

Website: https://bookcreator.com/

Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Children can easily create flashcards, games and quizzes for their family and friends based on something they have read or written.

Website: https://quizlet.com/en-gb

Book Creator is a simple tool to create ebooks on iPad, Chromebooks and on the web. Create a book and publish it to Apple’s iBooks Store, or share it online 

Website: https://bookcreator.com/

Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Children can easily create flashcards, games and quizzes for their family and friends based on something they have read or written.

Website: https://quizlet.com/en-gb