Tips on how to instill the habit of writing in your child
29 October 2021

Tips on how to instill the habit of writing in your child

We live in times where the art of writing as we used to know it, could be said to be dying. It is, however, still a very crucial part of education and certainly an integral part of communicating with others. With the number of technological distractions that our children are faced with, it is becoming quite challenging to create opportunities for them to practice and improve their writing skills. This in itself can pose a very challenging situation for parents.

Developing strong writing skills can be tricky for most, but fret not, we have put together a few tips for you to begin putting into practice with your child immediately.

Regular Reading

It goes without saying that reading and writing go hand in hand. It, therefore, follows that a good writer would need to form the habit of reading regularly. You’d literally (excuse the pun…. lol) need to ensure that your child falls in love with books. Why…? You might ask. Well…. unless you have a child prodigy (in which case you can go ahead and disregard this post), ideas will need to come from somewhere and books are a great source of ideas. In addition to this, many aspects of writing ill be picked up whilst reading books; you come to recognize the writing styles, the use of the different writing techniques amongst other things. No matter the level, there will always be things to learn with every book your child reads. Needless to say, reading will expand their vocabulary and expose them to the different uses and meanings of words.

 Write regularly

Practice, as we know, makes perfect. If you want to become a great writer, then working on your writing skills every day would be the way to go. However, you would need to find interesting and creative ways to incorporate this habit into your child’s routine. This could be in the form of a daily diary entry, a short report, a list, a letter, or any other form of writing activity that your child will enjoy doing. The focus should be on nurturing the joy of writing. Subtle correcting can be introduced a bit later on.

Writing games

This fun family activity would work really well for your child, as it is less overwhelming when there are others involved.  It would also be a great way to introduce the habit of writing into your child’s routine. The fun part would be to see the different elements that each family member adds to the story. This could be any genre and about any character described in any creative way possible. This would open your child up to the numerous possibilities and ways there are when creating and writing a creative piece.


There are many more ways to get your child into the habit of writing, but the idea is to get going and the ones above will definitely do that for you.

If you are looking for support in creating that habit, our Language Sense Programme can help in the following ways:

  • write intelligibly and more frequently
  • speak and write using a wider vocabulary and with interesting language
  • understand written instructions
  • read, better understand and enjoy challenging novels
  • perform at their best in SATs, 4+, 5+, 7+ and 11+ exams develop a love of reading
  • build a solid English language foundation to excel in most subjects and in all likelihood rise to the top groups at school

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