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GREAT TIPS from Nicholas Rossis for teachers, parents and adults everywhere! WE CAN ALL CONTRIBUTE to childhood literacy: Developing a child’s writing skills… ~ Bette A. Stevens, https://www.4writersandreaders.com

Nicholas C. Rossis

Getting people — and kids, in particular — to read and write has long been a passion of mine. You may remember my post, Reading Tricks for Kids of Any Age, originally written for Mom’s Favorite Reads.

Well, I recently came across an article by Abigail Elijah of Knowledge Isle with 20 tips for developing your kid’s writing skills which inspired me to write up a new post, this one on the subject of getting your child to write. I hope you find these tips useful!

12 Ways to Develop your Kid’s Writing Skills

helping your child write better - girl writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Seven out of ten children find writing particularly challenging. What can we do to support them and help develop their writing skills?

1. Read

One of the most important things you can do for your kids’ writing skills, is to encourage and develop their passion for reading.

Writing is different than speaking. Abigail…

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Comments on: "12 Ways to Develop your Child’s Writing Skills" (37)

  1. 😊❤️🌸

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  2. Bette: It’s nice to read that a former educator like yourself is giving back to this profession to improve literacy. Good luck on this, USFMAN

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  3. As a former elementary teacher, these great reading tips must be put in the context of our test happy culture. When students/teachers are turned off to habitual testing, the reading process can suffer.

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    • With you all the way, James. When I was teaching, poetry, read-alouds and writing were not dull and boring assignments–they were a discovery playground we explored together every day. I hope to get out to local schools in 2020 to excite more students about the benefits of poetry as we focus on the bounty and beauty that we’re privileged to bask in each day. Perhaps in doing so, we can inspire educators when they see, hear and participate as part of the program…. Thanks so much for sharing. Wish me luck!


  4. Nice tips. We definitely need to model the behavior we want our children to imitate, and reading is a key that unlocks so many doors. Thanks for sharing. : )

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  5. Any idea is good to reach the child’s motivation and teach him to love reading books. The book develops and enriches his imagination.

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  6. Nick always has great ideas. I’m off to check out his suggestions for kids and writing.

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  7. A great post, Bette, with lots of good advice for child and adult writers alike.

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  8. Fabulous post! Thank you, Bette and Nicholas.

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  9. Beautiful post, Bette. 💕
    The tips are important even though we might think everyone reads to and with their children. I can’t perceive of a word without reading and I am sure the hunger was fostered
    by parents who loved literature.


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  10. Thank you for sharing!!.. I have had people ask me how I write and I simply say, I let my fingers do the walking (typing) and my heart do the talking… 🙂

    You have a wonderful day today, and every day, filled with love and happiness… 🙂

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  11. My daughter, now 2nd grade, had trouble learning to read and write. My youngest (preschool) loves to read and write, though he enjoys building the words – when he reads – more than writing them. My oldest, 8th grader, had no trouble like my daughter, nor did he show the enthusiasm my youngest does. Great share, heading off to read the rest.

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    • Hi, Jina. Thanks so much for sharing. I recommend rhyming picture books for your 2nd grader. Family read-alouds can really make it fun and I think the whole family will enjoy them. Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill is a great one for starters. It’s a fantastic way to get kids loving language and provides a model for them to write some poetry of their own. Happy reading and writing. ❤ May your holidays be merry and bright! xo

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing, Bette! And many thanks to everyone for their kind comments 🙂

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  13. Hi, Bette. This is such a great post for parents, grands and so on. We all need to encourage writing and reading among our younger ones.
    P.S. I like your new banner on your website. It’s clear and concise . . . but I kinda miss those pretty flowers in the banner from your older site. They were just “you.” xo Mary

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    • Hi, Mary! So glad you stopped by to check out this great post… Wonderful ways for us to instill a love of reading and writing in the younger generation (all ages). Even teenagers love to be read to and when they’re inspired to write themselves–that’s powerful. I loved to watch the excitement in my students (Ages 10-16) eyes and hear it in their voices when they read their poems and stories aloud. Absolute joy! ❤ Thanks for the lovely note about my banner. I miss the old one too, but I've started my own publishing company this year and still not sure what to use for the website/blog header. Sending lots of love your way and wishes for a Merry Christmas and God's abundant blessings in the New Year! xo

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  14. Thanks, Bette, shared!

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  15. Fantastic tips! Thanks for sharing, Bette! ❤

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  16. Great post, Bette. I’m reading onward. 🙂

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