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Is writing a write-off for your son?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Is writing a write-off for your boy? Research shows that there is still a gender gap between boys and girls. In fact, girls are twice more likely than boys to get writing outside of lessons. Plus, girls enjoy writing far more than boys in school.

Is your son the same? It’s a worry as writing is an essential life skill.

Writing helps to formulate thoughts, and nurtures self expression – empowering young people to go out into the world and be heard. Writing letters, advertising one’s business, persuading a future employer to give you the job all involve having top notch communication skills.

That’s why it’s vital to nurture a love of writing from the word go. Even if your child is older, it’s not too late!

How to ignite your boy’s interest in writing

  • Tick their boxes. Boys will be more willing to get writing if it’s connected to something they love. It might be dinosaurs, superheroes, X Box gaming or football? Get them to make up a story where they are sucked into their console game; perhaps a Superhero gets lost and crashes into your school instead; maybe they time travel in a Tardis, open the door only to find themselves in a Jurassic universe!
  • Create a comic strip! Boys are often visual learners. Get them to design a comic strip adding in the pictures, story and speech bubbles as they go. Or they could use an app by capturing phone shots they’ve acted out, and then uploaded to the app with the story line. Brilliant app idea here.
  • Harness the digital revolution. Kids LOVE internet apps. Little wonder: their generation has grown up with them! Why not encourage their natural instinct to go online by encouraging literacy games such as these?
  • Get competing! Boys love a good old competition. This Wicked Young Writer Awards could do the trick! Deadline for this year is almost up, but the site is fab as it’s full of great ideas to get your boy’s motivation pumping! Get them to read previous entries… There’s a non-fiction entry for 15+ young people too. Worth a go to get your teen interested in something real.

Need to switch on your child’s writing mojo?

Speak to us here at 121 HomeTutors about arranging private English or Literacy lessons with a fabulous tutor. Whether your child is in KS1 or 2, sitting entrance exams or GCSEs, mastering English is essential.

With tutors across the Manchester to Cheshire areas – including Stockport, Bramhall, Wilmslow and Altrincham – get in touch now.

How to crack creative writing

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Does your child struggle with creative writing? Whether starting secondary school, sitting an 11+ exam, or embarking on GCSEs, many children battle with it.

Here are some super strategies from our specialist English and literacy tutors on how to crack creative writing:

Read read read

One of the problems is that children lack language knowledge. A simple way to widen vocabulary skills is to read more! Stories also stimulate the imagination, giving children a wealth of ideas on how to create interesting characters and plots.

Check out Lovereading4kids! Full of book suggestions for every age and interest, there are even excerpts you can download for free.

Get planning

Children often launch straight into creative writing without thinking first. It can help to pause and plan so that some thought is given to structure, characterisation and storyline.

Rushed writing is often full of action. Then, then, then… Whereas good writing can be achieved by sticking to a simple plot. Too much action means you rarely focus on feelings, thoughts, observations, setting, atmosphere – and yet these elements make a story interesting.

Mind-mapping ideas for 5 minutes can allow your child to jot down ideas on character, location, storyline – plus how to open and end the piece…

Answer questions

If given a creative writing title such as ‘The deserted house,’ try to visualise the building in your head. Ask questions: what happened to the house, and when? Why doesn’t anyone live in it any more? What’s inside?

Then think about how a character could make a discovery about the house. Perhaps a secret room is found, or a dusty old journal revealing secrets of the past. Creating intrigue is a great way to hook readers.

Private tuition support

If your child needs an additional push in the right direction, we’ve a host of English and Literacy tutors across Manchester and Cheshire. Call 1-2-1 Home Tutors today…