Does your child enjoy writing? How can we link reading and writing in ways that will motivate kids?
At the moment, I only have one child at the stage of writing. He writes and he is proud of writing his letters, but I struggle with him to do particular activities. For example, he recently had a birthday. Because he is now very capable of writing, I required him to write his thank you cards this year to show his appreciation to those who celebrated with him or sent him gifts. I helped him with what to write, providing him with options of phrases to include in the letter. It was up to him to personalize each card. We worked on this project for literally weeks, writing one card in each sitting. He would often complain . . . my hand hurts . . . I want to play . . . I'm done Mommy!!
I didn't want to be too hard on him. I didn't want to create negativity around this activity. But, as I think back on it, I have to wonder if maybe I was pushing too hard. I want writing to be fun for him.
I've talked to a fellow family member to see if her son would be interested in writing letters to my son . . . in essence, becoming pen pals! However, I worry that the thank you cards may have put a stopper on this activity.
So, I guess to get to my answer to the above question . . . How can I make writing more fun? How can I motivate my child in this realm of literacy? How can I NOT be a mean mommy that makes my son's hand hurt from writing so much? I could really use some ideas to create some positive thoughts around this one!! What are your ideas?
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