Writing Skill-Builders and Activities - FamilyEducation


Writing is a tough gig for a lot people for many different reasons. Here are the tools to help you help your child create an individualized writing process that fits his mind and empowers him to give voice to his ideas.

"Painting Word Pictures" Writing Activity

"Painting Word Pictures" Writing Activity Descriptive writing plays a big part in writing stories, but it stands on its own as a specific type of writing. It is, in fact, a lot like painting a picture with words. A good piece of descriptive writing uses detailed, vivid words to describe all the facets of a person, place, thing, or idea. Painting Word Pictures is a quick activity to help your child practice the power of using detailed description. read more

"Story Stone Soup" Storytelling Activity

"Story Stone Soup" Storytelling Activity This activity combines a nature walk, a craft activity, and the concept of the classic tale Stone Soup to give your child a creative way to practice his storytelling skills. Since you'll need to gather and create your story stones before using them, when you first try this activity it may spread out over a couple of days. Once the stones are collected and made, though, you'll be able to pick them up anytime you're looking for something fun to do. Skills Being Practiced read more

10 Everyday Ways to Keep Your Child Reading While Having Fun

Reading is one of the most important skills you should try to boost outside of school. Foster your child's bookworm habits with these simple activities and tips that make reading so fun, he'll fill up his book chart in no time. read more

5 Common Handwriting Struggles and How to Solve Them

Handwriting is a complex skill, so it isn't surprising that many children have a hard time mastering it. Poor handwriting skills can make your child stressed and anxious, cause problems with his or her schoolwork, and keep him or her from wanting to write. Here's what children struggle with the most when it comes to handwriting, and tips on how to help. read more

5 Fun Ways For Kids To Learn To Write Their Name

Kids can get really frustrated trying to learn to write their name. It’s a difficult skill to learn at a young age but something that is very important to learn before starting kindergarten. read more

6 Benefits of Learning Handwriting in School

Is handwriting becoming a lost art? The new Common Core Standards adopted by most states in the U.S. make teaching cursive optional and up to individual states. The rise of technology in and out of the classroom means fewer kids are writing by hand in general. But many psychologists and education experts argue that handwriting — both in print and cursive — is still a highly valuable skill. Read on to learn some of the benefits of putting pen to paper! read more

A Day in the Life of...

A Day in the Life of...If you had to be a character from The Vile Village, who would you be? Would it be more fun to be the miserable Count Olaf, or perhaps one of the brave Baudelaire children? Choose a character and have some fun telling us what a day in your character's life would be like. Take a look at this example and then write your own! A Day in the Life of Count Olaf read more

A Thanksgiving Poem

Use the word "Thanksgiving" to create a poem about the holidays. This printable activity strengthens both creative writing and history skills, plus it's fun! read more

Address Book

Address BookKeeping track of the addresses of friends and family members helps your child practice his writing skills, learn about alphabetical order, and learn how to write addresses correctly. Materials Pencil, pen, or marker Index cards Ruled paper Blank address book or small notebook Stationery and postage stamps (optional)Directions read more

ADHD and Handwriting

Many students with ADHD do in fact have problems with the fine motor coordination necessary for writing. read more

ADHD and Written Expression Disorder

Many children with ADHD also have problems with writing, but there are no quick solutions to written expression disorders. read more

Blank Journal Page

Use this blank page for journal writing in any subject or grade. Here is a printable list of journal topic ideas. read more

Certificate for First Time Writing Your Name

Print out this certificate to congratulate your child for writing her name for the first time! read more

Clear Thoughts, Messy Handwriting

An inability to get words down on paper doesn't necessarily indicate a lack of intelligence. Here's how to help your child with penmanship. read more

Comparison/Contrast Rubric

Use this checklist to organize, revise, and proofread a comparison/contrast essay. read more

Creating a New World Writing Activity

Create a better town or country in these two writing assignments. read more

Creating Mental Pictures with Metaphors

Using metaphor as a tool is the focus of this printable activity. read more

Daughter Diagnosed as Dysgraphic

Find information about the dysfunction called dysgraphia. read more

Demystifying the Writing Process

Demystifying the Writing Process I'm used to the funny looks I get when I tell people that I'm a dyslexic writer. There's always a pause, then a pained look, as they try to process what they perceive to be an oxymoron. On one hand, their concern is justified. I still spell at a third-grade level, I still confuse words that look alike, and I struggle with grammar. But all that doesn't matter because those things are not writing. read more

Describe the Rainy Day

Write sentences describing what you would see, feel, smell, and hear on a rainy day. read more

Encouraging a Gifted Young Writer

Learn what you can do to encourage a young creative writer. read more

Everyone's a Poet

Everyone's a PoetWhat kind of poems appeal to kids? Writer and teacher Matt Sharpe says students of all ages like this exercise. Give it a try with your kids! 1. Think of anyone you know who is older than your parents. 2. Close your eyes, and picture this person. Picture their hair, their skin. Do they have facial hair? Glasses? Makeup? What kind of skirt are they wearing? Shirt? Shoes? 3. Does this person smell like anything? Tobacco? Garlic? read more

Exploring Emotions: Create a Feelings Journal

Exploring Emotions: Create a Feelings Journal Once your child has started to develop a wider emotional vocabulary and a better understanding of how to interact in social situations, creating a Feelings Journal is a good way to keep track of those emotions and interactions. It gives him a chance to practice writing, and also gives him a safe place to look more carefully at what he's feeling, when he's feeling it, and to come up with his own ideas of how to handle difficult social situations. read more

Factors Affecting Handwriting

Factors Affecting HandwritingThere are many factors that affect handwriting. read more

Family Newspaper

Family NewspaperMaterials Paper Glue Pens and markers Computer and printer Scissors (optional)Directions read more

Fast Thinking, Bad Handwriting

Illegible writing is a common problem for young, gifted boys. Here's what a concerned parent should do. read more

First-Grade Writer's Block?

How can you help your early writer come up with writing topics? read more

Five-Year-Old Writes Backwards

If a child writes backwards, is there cause for alarm? read more

Folk Tale Problem-Solving

Children will create a folk tale with the setting, characters, and problem. read more

Fourth-Grade Writing Troubles

If your fourth-grader is having trouble putting more than four words together in a sentence, it's time to have a teacher conference. read more