Writing a composition is more than just an assignment – it’s a life skill. The following activities connect writing to real life situations, giving composition a purpose outside of academics.
Product reviews are a staple of modern culture. It’s rare that anyone makes a purchase or patronizes an establishment without checking out what others have said first. A child’s opinions are valuable, too, and writing an online review is a practical way to communicate this. Try reading through reviews of a favorite book, movie, game or toy with your child. Discuss which ones are helpful and why. Encourage your child to add to the discussion with his own review.
Product and establishment reviews aren’t the only way to make an opinion known. Young writers can submit letters to the editor and other opinion pieces to newspapers and magazines. Spend some time talking and reading about a current issue important to your child. What is her response, and what would she say about it? Once she has written a piece on her own or with you, submit it to a local paper or favorite magazine. Community publications like neighborhood newsletters and church bulletins are other worthy options. .
Find an Audience
Submitting work for publication can be daunting. The feelings of pride and accomplishment that accompany that first acceptance are well worth the effort, though. Many online and print publications feature writing from children and teens (just be prepared to encourage your child if initial attempts are unsuccessful). If you want to bypass the waiting game, consider self-publishing with a company that specializes in personalized picture books.
Bring Writing Home
They say the family that play together stays together. I think the family that writes together forms strong bonds as well. Write letters to one another, keep a family notebook or create a gallery of written work displayed around the house. Writing becomes a tool for authentic communication when parents and siblings are involved.