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National Writing Day – 5 fun facts about writing you probably didn’t know about

Every year on June 21st, the United Kingdom comes alive with a celebration of words, ideas, and storytelling to celebrate National Writing Day.

Writing is a lifelong skill empowering communication and self-expression. It is crucial to children's and teens' development because it enhances their self-confidence, critical thinking skills, and their creativity.

Research into children and young people’s writing in 2022 showed that about 40% of children aged 5 to 18 enjoy writing in their free time while 1 in 3 children said that writing helps them to relax.

As parents, we play a major role in nurturing children’s love for words and guiding them on their writing journey. In this blog post, we will explore some fun facts about writing.

#1 Writing boosts cognitive development

Did you know that writing can enhance your child’s cognitive abilities? Beyond being a means of communication, writing has a significant impact on cognitive development in children.

Research shows that writing helps improve memory, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking. With this, you can encourage your child to engage in various writing activities such as journaling, creative writing, or even penning letters to friends and family.

By nurturing their writing skills, you're not only fostering their creativity but also promoting their overall cognitive development.

#2 Reading influences writing skills

Reading and writing are intricately linked, and nurturing your child's reading habits can significantly enhance their writing abilities.

You can expose them to different genres, styles, and authors as this would expand their vocabulary, improve their grammar and sentence structure, and also spark creativity. Encourage regular reading by creating a cozy reading nook at home, organizing family reading time, and discussing books together.

#3 Handwriting enhances learning

Handwriting in the digital age today may seem less relevant but it plays a major role in a child’s learning process. Studies suggest that writing by hand improves information retention and promotes better comprehension compared to typing on a keyboard.

You can encourage your child to practice handwriting by getting them materials that would aid their learning, getting them writing exercises, and setting a time aside for writing practice.

#4 Writing sparks emotional expression

Writing is a wonderful outlet for children to express their emotions and process their thoughts effectively. Encouraging them to write about their feelings can help develop emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

You can provide a safe space for your children to express themselves through writing. Consider introducing them to gratitude journals, where they can write about the things they are grateful for or you can encourage them to write letters to express gratitude or apologize (in cases where they have committed a wrong). Writing can be a powerful tool for emotional growth and well-being.

#5 Writing stories cultivate empathy and understanding

Writing has the ability to foster empathy and understanding in children. When children read and write stories, they step into different perspectives and explore diverse worlds.

This experience helps develop empathy by exposing them to different characters, cultures, and life experiences. You can encourage your children to write stories that reflect their unique perspectives and encourage them to read books that introduce characters from diverse backgrounds.

Writing is a captivating and multifaceted art form that holds numerous hidden wonders. We believe writing does not just belong in an English lesson but can be used as a fun way to explore many different ideas and topics.

Happy National Writing Day!

If you need more help on how you can encourage your child’s writing habits, feel free to reach out to us and we would be happy to help.


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