Listen closely! I’m going to share the secrets of motivating your young writer to pick up a pencil every day… because he/she loves to write!
Secret #1: Write Authentically
The Inspired Pencil products and ideas are 100% authentic writing.
- Writing should be for a real purpose.
- Writing should be for a real audience.
Authentic writing is inherently motivating for kids because they sense how meaningful it really is. Here are some authentic writing activities you can do today!
Examples of Authentic Writing
- Writing a letter or card to a friend
- Writing a note to let someone know where you are. “Went to the playground, be right back.”
- Writing a note for mom’s lunchbox.
- Writing a letter to the Tooth Fairy
- Making a flyer for a neighborhood yard sale or fundraiser
- Writing a list (for the grocery store, or what you want to do this summer)
- Writing a eulogy for a family pet
- Writing in a journal (the writer becomes the reader, too)
- Filling out an application
- Reviewing a restaurant or product
- Texting or emailing
Not Authentic Writing
- Handwriting practice
- Book reports, school writing (where the teacher is the final audience)
- Grammar and sentence structure practice (to be graded with the dreaded red pen)
- Assessments (quiz, test, writing samples)
Secret #2: Engage the senses
The Inspired Pencil Products utilize an approach to writing that engages the senses. Children are hard wired to learn more effectively through one or two of their senses.
- Visual learners learn through their eyes.
- Auditory learners learn through hearing information.
- Kinesthetic learners learn while moving.
- Tactile learners learn by doing.
Although most children can learn through any sense, their rate of learning and level of enjoyment will be greatly enhanced when their “learning style” is identified and leveraged. Research proves that teaching using a variety of methods is the best way to reach all children, keep them engaged and increase their achievement.
Use the Learning Style Observation to find out which style your child learns best. Use it on yourself, too!
Secret #3: Motivate
The Inspired Pencil Products are inherently motivating because of Secrets #1 and #2, but there’s an added component to increase the likelihood of success. We call it the prize page. It’s a tool for parents to use that rewards children for their efforts, and reduces our need as parents to nag children to write. Using motivating tools like the prize page is also supported by research in the field to raise the level of engagement, a.k.a. fun!
There you have it, all my secrets. Time to sharpen those number twos!