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Why Children Are Often Slow To Start Writing

Some children sit down to write but take forever to get started. It may be for any of the following reasons:

They don't know what's expected This may be because...
  • This information wasn't provided
  • They weren't paying attention when it was being provided
  • They didn't understand the information that was provided

They can't come up with any ideas This may be because...

  • They weren't involved in any preparatory discussion about it at school
  • They don't understand that writing can be planned and/or they don't know any planning methods
  • They don't understand that talking about the topic helps to generate ideas for writing about it

They are worried they won't spell the words correctly This may be because...

  • They continually get negative feedback about their spelling
  • They think that writing is mostly about spelling
  • They can't remember how to spell many of the words that younger children can spell

They think what they write won't be good enough This may be because...

  • They continually get negative feedback about their writing
  • They think they have a problem with writing
  • They want to succeed but don't believe they can
  • It all seems too hard

They don't think there's any real point in writing whatever it is This may be because...

  • Only the teacher or parent will read it and he or she won't think it's any good
  • Only the teacher or parent will read it and he or she will complain about the spelling and grammar
  • They have never written for a real-life purpose and had a positive response from it
  • Children's negativity about writing very often stems from the responses they get from the significant adults in their lives.
How you can help!

Saying the right things in the right way is the key to helping children become successful in writing. You need to give them positive feedback. This does not mean that you tell them everything they produce is great. I show you how to communicate effectively with them in How To Get Your Child To Write.