Writing, what can I do to help my child?
Writing and spelling
It's easier to get into good handwriting habits early on than to correct poor writing later, when the pressure of schoolwork is greater. The same goes for spelling. Help your child to see writing and spelling skills not only as fun, but as something important and to be proud of:
- help younger children by writing words and sentences for them to copy emphasise the links between drawing and writing, and make sure your child always signs finished artwork
- encourage your child to be inspired by examples of beautiful handwriting in museums, galleries and books
- older children can develop their writing and social skills together by finding pen friends through school or clubs, or keeping in touch with friends met on holiday.