I was reading this article in the FT on Saturday, it’s about how social media has been good for writing, because the informality encourages people to write more. To practice writing and spelling by doing.
“Her own study of primary schoolchildren suggested that texting improved their reading ability. Texters, after all, are constantly practising reading and spelling. Sure, children tend not to punctuate text messages. But most of them grasp that this genre has different rules from, say, school exams.”
Which got me thinking about my own kids (who are primary school age) and how they’re starting to explore the computer. Mostly playing games and watching YouTubes, but they’re getting very good at searching for stuff and they’re beginning to enjoy typing. There is definitely something exciting about seeing your words on a screen.
They love writing on paper and making little books too.
This one is called ‘The dog atack’.
They love drawing too, they’re always drawing little scenes, stories and battles. Huge vistas of robots fighting vikings.
So over the coming Easter holiday I thought we could sit down and make a newspaper together. Once we’ve written their name on the cover and The End on the back it’s only 10 pages to fill. We can make 5 copies for £30. And then they get a little publication to keep. If I remember back to when I saw my first ever words and drawings in print, I think they’ll be delighted.