If you are looking for 10 reasons why writing is important for kids then you have come to the right place!
When it comes to educating kids, I think it’s safe to say that we all want to give our children the opportunities we never had.
We all want our kids to dream big and succeed in life but to do so takes a combination of things – commitment, resilience, determination, great communication skills, a passion for learning and….drum roll please…great writing skills too.
I know, I know – my kids think that I’m only obsessed with writing because I’m the author of 20 books and slightly obsessed with books in general.
But I encourage you to hear me out because whether they like or not, writing is one of those skills that is essential way beyond the classroom.
In fact, because writing is so closely tied with communication I dare say it is a skill that is useful right until the end of life.
HERE ARE THE TOP 10 REASONS WHY WRITING IS IMPORTANT FOR KIDS
1 WRITING IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF A CHILD’S EDUCATION
At school writing is an integral part of a child’s education. Throughout their school years, children need to do assignments, write essays, comprehend and answer questions and in general demonstrate their understanding of a topic on paper.
How well they do at school is unfortunately (or fortunately) usually dependent on how detailed and sophisticated their writing is.
This is applicable from the moment they begin school all the way until they end and beyond.
2 YEP WRITING IS A LIFETIME REQUIRED SKILL
Have you ever come across a work email (from an adult – not a kid!) with numerous spelling or grammatical errors and thought “gosh that looks so unprofessional.” I know I have.
Spelling and grammatical errors (in addition to bad punctuation) instantly conveys the WRONG message to the other party. And guess when this bad spelling and grammar can be probably tracked back to?
Yep you guessed it – most likely during their younger, more formative “learn to be a good writer” years. This is why it is so important to learn and practice the skill of writing from a young age. Otherwise it will come back to haunt you as an adult.
3 WRITING IS INTRICATELY LINKED WITH COMMUNICATION
In addition to verbally communicating with others, children will need to learn how to express their thoughts and feelings clearly via the written word.
Trust me (I know this from experience) it doesn’t matter how much you SAY you know or how smart you think you are – what matters when it comes to tests and reports is what you have actually written down onto paper.
That and that alone is usually what the teacher will be marking and basing her assumptions and final reports on. So obviously the better your child can write, the better they can adequately and successfully impart their knowledge during tests.
On the other hand, if their thoughts are jumbled, their words are likely to be jumbled too – which brings us to the next point.
4 WRITING ENHANCES CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS
Before your child puts pen to paper, they need to think about what they want to say and how they can say it in a logical manner.
What are their views on the topic? What is the message they are trying to convey? How can they convey it in the most effective and eloquent manner?
All of this requires brain work – lots of it!
The more often they practice writing, the quicker and better your child will improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
5 WRITING HELPS WITH ORGANIZATION
All good writing has a proper structure to be followed – more often than not it involves having an introduction, body and conclusion.
The more a child practices writing, the easier it is for them to plan and structure their writing according to this plan and work out what goes where and when.
Bonus – it also helps them to further develop their decision-making skills!
6 WRITING DEVELOPS THEIR SKILL OF INQUIRY
To write an essay your child will need to do research and collect data.
What sort of information do they need to seek in order to support their argument? Where will they find this information?
They will need to pick out the best bits out of their research from the countless books and internet pages available for them to peruse and work out a way to consolidate this information.
That’s a tough job sometimes for a kid!
Yet over time they will work out how to weed the good information from the unnecessary.
An even bigger bonus – they will become not just better writers but better researchers too.
7 IT HELPS WITH MEMORY RETENTION
Ask any teacher one of the best ways for students to study and learn their material and they will say it involves writing notes down!
The more confident your child is with writing, the more confidently they can tackle this task.
Think about the way you also use writing outside of the school environment – maybe you jot down a message, take notes during a meeting or write a to-do list each day or a New Year’s Resolution list every year.
If you do these things on a regular basis, you will know that the act of writing things down immensely increases your chances of remembering the task at hand.
8 WRITING IS THERAPEUTIC
As a long-term owner of a journal I can attest to the fact that writing is also very therapeutic.
Whether we are writing stories or pouring our hearts out in our secret diary, writing is a great way to get our thoughts and feelings down onto paper in a meaningful way.
Writing is cathartic as it helps us express feelings that cannot be expressed so easily by speaking.
It also helps clear our heads. It helps clarify ideas and gives us strength and direction by getting things off our chest and minds. It makes the intangible finally seem tangible.
I encourage you to test this out yourself to see if writing things down makes a difference for you too.
9 WRITING IS AN EXCELLENT FORM OF SELF-EXPRESSION
Just like music and creative art is a form of art so too is writing.
All those fantastic books you see sitting in bookshops, all those articles you read in the newspaper, they have all been created by someone stringing a long line of words together.
And there is no reason why your child too can’t grow up to express him or herself well via writing.
Please keep this fact in mind: each child is born with their own unique voice which is expressed in writing.
They have a special style that should be encouraged and if they are anything like my kids, they usually have something to say.
Maybe your child is funny, maybe he or she is wise or introspective – whatever their unique personality is a gift and this attitude has the opportunity to shine via their writing.
10 WRITING ENCOURAGES CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION
More than anything your child needs to use his or her brain AND imagination to write.
Every time they put pen to paper it stirs both their left and right brain into action as they stretch their minds to come up with something that another person can read and understand.
Via writing, they can explore creative ideas and possibilities, dream up new stories, and do anything actually – whatever their mind desires!
Keeping these 10 points in mind I urge you to encourage your children to write often and write freely. The gift of writing is honestly a gift that keeps on giving.
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