Parents often ask teachers, “How do I get my son/daughter to write at home?” One idea: Interest your child by using words that are personally relevant to them.
You can make magnetic words with your children so they can dip into a parts-of-speech pool to form sentences (usually pretty amusing ones).
Later, they can print or type them to show you and others their ideas. It’s fun writing!
— Isabelle (@IsabelleMNOP) April 2, 2013
I’m attaching my MS Word template [magnet words] so you can do this at home with your children. (You can swap out my daughter’s words for your own.)
- open the template (Microsoft Word)
- ask your child for personally relevant words to add (type over mine or continue adding)
- print on magnetic sheets (available at bargain and stationery shops)
- cut & use
What are personally relevant words? These are anything your child knows and likes.
- people/job titles: teacher, firefighter, Dad, Peter
- places: bedroom, playground, hospital, Toys R Us
- things: eggs, hummus, necklace, iPad
- actions: play, skate, drink, body slam
I find these magnet words are especially good for when a child can’t come up with an idea for writing. Mixing words around helps generate a one-sentence story.
This can be to an art connection for you, too: Give your children paper to illustrate their sentence. (Grandparents want to see that “The T-rex wears a tutu.”)
Keep these custom words on your fridge for your kid. If an activity is always in sight, I find it gets used more often.
Note: You’ll notice on the template that I colour code my words: blue = nouns, red = verbs, orange = adjectives, light blue = pronouns & proper names. I’ll explain why in another post but, in short, it makes building sentences easier and the words more visually appealing.
Download the template: magnet words
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