Monday, September 28, 2009

Teacher knows best: Getting your kids to write!

I am blessed to live next to a elementary school teacher who loves my kids and we love her!! She has multiple education degrees and is the first person I run to when I am worried about speech, development or anything learning related!! She has agreed to write a weekly post for me on some common concerns involving little ones and just great tips! If you have a topic that you would like to see addressed, please e-mail me at

It Doesn’t Have to be Shakespeare

Writing is one of the subjects many kids struggle with. From “I don’t know what to write” to “I can’t spell this word”, teachers sometimes battle with kids to get them to write anything. One of my friends recently shared with me how she got her boys, 4th and 1st graders, interested in writing.

Over the summer, they both started online blogs. She had them choose the background they wanted, how they wanted it to be set up, helped them invite friends and family to follow their blogs, and sent them on their ways. The older one types his own entries then he and Mom edit them. The younger one dictates as Mom types. Both boys love seeing their work published instantly and the comments that follow.

Wordpress and Blogspot both offer free blogs with plenty of privacy features.