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03/16/2015
 Writing is an important part of our daily lives. It can be, however, a difficult skill to learn and master. By getting a head start with some simple activities, you can help your child begin to develop his or her writing skills at an early age. To get you started, the tutors here at The Tutoring Center in Salem, Oregon,  offer you a few ideas on things you can do to help your child become a stronger writer. Many of these ideas apply to younger children, but they can be adapted for older children as well.

Provide a Writing Space
It's important for your child to have a good place to write, such as a desk or table with a smooth, flat surface in a quiet corner or in her room. It is also crucial to have good lighting. Make sure she has plenty of lined and unlined writing paper and/or a notebook, pencils, crayons, markers, and safety scissors.

Drawing
Encourage your child to draw and then discuss her drawings. Ask your child questions about her drawings such as, "What is the boy doing?" "Is the bunny hiding from the boy?" "What is the story behind this picture?"

Telling Stories
Ask your child to tell you simple stories as you write them down. Copy the story exactly as your child tells it, without making any changes. Ask her to clarify anything you don't understand.

Writing Her Name
Encourage your child to write her name. Practice writing her name with her, and point out the letters in her name when you see them in other places (on signs, in stores, etc.). She may start by only writing the first few letters of her name,  and may even write them backwards, but soon enough she will catch on and the rest will follow.

Use games
There are numerous games and puzzles that help children with writing, spelling, and vocabulary designed specifically for children. Flash cards are fun to use too, and they're easy to make at home.

Make a Book
Help your child paste her drawings and writings on pieces of construction paper. Make a cover out of heavier paper or cardboard, and help her add special art, a title, and her name as author. Punch holes in the pages and cover, and bind the book together with yarn or ribbon.

Tutoring in Salem
While your child is taking time to practice her story writing skills, you could also introduce the art of journal writing. You may discover that she has the talent for writing, but struggles with other skills or subjects. If you feel your child could benefit from a little extra support, remember that The Tutoring Center can provide expert tutoring for your child in a number of academic areas. Call (971) 600-3288 for more information.

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