Some kids HATE to read. Some kids hate to write. Does your child hate to read or write? If they hate reading, or struggle, try having them read their own writing. Melissa Depper, a youth services librarian at Arapahoe Library District, reminded me that a story written in the reader’s own words iseasier for him or her to read. Not to mention, more motivating. Before you panic about your struggling reader writing a book, Melissa Depper suggests you take dictation. In other words, you write what your child says. Easy peasy — more or less. Options for the book include fancy book making kits like this one from Amazon. Cheaper and easier is folding paper in half and voila, there’s a book. Slightly harder, but very important is a topic. Here are a few ideas:
- Write a small moment. Something from the day that just happened. Something that happened earlier.
- Write about a first – first day of school, first lost tooth, first trip to ______, first plane flight, first broken something, etc
- Write about a pet – care, sickness, when you got it, how you named it, etc.
Stuck? Post a comment or email me at melissa (at) imaginationsoup.net. Happy writing!
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If you’re a teacher, parent, librarian, or grandparent, my blog, Imagination Soup, is the perfect resource for you to find good children’s books.
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