How to make my children love to write?

Indonesia
September 14, 2009 10:05pm CST
I have two children, they are two and one years old. I want to teach them to love writing but I don't know how. Could you please share tips?
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@Shebang (244)
• Philippines
15 Sep 09
Hi riani. Yes, I also think that your kids are too young to learn writing. But someday they will. If you read bedtime stories to them, they will appreciate reading. Wide readers are often good writers. So now, what I think you need to do first if to make your kids love reading. (^_^)
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@lynnemg (4540)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I think that if you read to them so that they hear stories, and allow them to doodle and "write" their own stories, it will help. As they grow up, they will write more and more and as long as you are showing genuine interst in what they are writing, chances are that they will continue on with it.
• Indonesia
16 Sep 09
I think so. She really likes to draw like a cat, turtle, chicken, etc. Is it a basic for her to like writing?
@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I agree with all of the comments made here concerning the age of your children. At their ages, they can't read or write. They are way too young. That being said, I think that it is a mistake to try to make anyone love to write. Writers are natural born. They can't imagine life without writing. I don't think that you can teach a love of writing any more than you can teach a love of reading, travel, baseball or tennis. These are interests that people develop as they are exposed to all sorts of activities and we are all unique in what we love to do. Imagine how boring a world it would be if everyone loved to write but no one loved to read. Who would the writers write for? I would start small, One of the things that my family and I did together was a yearly nature journal. We would select a different spot in our yard or neghborhood each year and as a family document how that spot changed with the seasons. It usually involved planting something as well so that we could watch something grow from seed into a beautiful flower or a home grown vegetable. We were also encouraged to keep a daily journal, a practice that has stayed with me all of these years. It's so much fun to pick up a journal from 5-10 years ago to see how much you've changed. Good luck to you.
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
15 Sep 09
Dear Riani, After reading this topic only I realised your children are so young...one and two years old. That is very challenging! You get those empty paper or those small A4 board with a special plastic sheet on it where we can write then by sliding a knob, the words will be erase off. That are fun to the children due to its curiosity and it is more like exploring and fun! At this age they are more attracted to exploring. For example writing the number 1 is very easy, maybe you can start like number 0, from there you show you artistic skill that you can turn this magical number 0 into a face, or a sun etc. It will be intersting. Let them do it. If they are successful, give them the encouragement by giving them a hug, a clap, a sticker for them to stick. They are encouraged by reward and appreciation! Cheers and happy myLotting!
@kprofgames (3025)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I think that is a bit young to start. If you press on them at too young of an age they might learn to hate it. I would start out by coloring and as mentioned above if they like stories, have them create their own stories through pictures. Then as they get older and learn how to hold a pencil, they can start adding words to their pictures to create stories of their own.