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Parents often ask teachers, “How do I get my son/daughter to write at home?” One idea: Interest your child by using words that are personally relevant to them.
You can make magnetic words with your children so they can dip into a parts-of-speech pool to form sentences (usually pretty amusing ones)
Later, they can print or type them to show you and others their ideas. It’s fun writing!
I’m attaching my MS Word template so you can do this at home with your children. You can swap out my daughter’s words for your own. (Follow the link at the end for the template.)
Choose the paper that’s right for your printer. All brands I’ve tried are fine.
What are personally relevant words? These are anything your child knows and likes.
I find these magnet words are especially good for when a child can’t come up with an idea for writing. Mixing words around helps generate a one-sentence story.
This can be to an art connection for you, too: Give your children paper to illustrate their sentence. (Grandparents want to see that “The T-rex wears a tutu.”)
Keep these custom words on your fridge for your kid. If an activity is always in sight, I find it gets used more often.
Download the template here: http://mrpetercullen.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/use-magnetic-words-to-get-your-child-to-write-at-home.