Summer is a hot time to practise writing skills

Greg Dixon —

Summer is finally here!  Children are enjoying the warm weather, fun activities with friends and vacation time.  But summer can also be an enjoyable learning experience.  The summer break provides many memorable moments, and writing about them is a good way to record those memories and practice writing skills at the same time.

Parents tend to focus on their children’s reading and math skills, overlooking that writing is an education fundamental.  It’s fast becoming the forgotten ‘R’.  This is unfortunate, as writing is an important part of every facet of education, not just in English class.  Writing proficiency can have a major impact on other subject areas too.

Summer vacation provides an excellent opportunity for children to explore their creative writing skills.  Sylvan Learning, a provider of tutoring at home to students of all ages, grades and skill levels, has developed the following tips to help parents encourage their children to write over the summer:

Pick an Engaging Topic

Persuading your child to write over the summer break may be easier if you help them identify fun and engaging topics.  Suggest timely subjects.

Give Story Starters

Sometimes the most difficult part of writing can be getting started.  Help your children write their patriotic essays by giving them topic ideas, such as:

Sylvan Tips on Writing

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