Fresh Reading, Fresh Writing
You know your child's routines best. You know what inspires them, what bores them. If they're interested in reading, chances are they'll want to create stories of their own. There is nothing like seeing the proud look on your son or daughter's face when they've had something in print or online. Below are just a few ways to get them tuned into reading and writing, on the web, and also in a physical publishing format that will boost their confidence no end.
The website where you can write the stories and choose your own illustrations from a selection of artwork, and it's all free. Used widely by schools all over the world, the site has an information section for parents and teachers. The illustrations are beautifully done by a group of contributing artists, and the chance to bounce ideas off other writers is a great shared tool. Reading others work and commenting is widely encouraged also.
Soundcloud. com is a good resource for children's audio stories for long journeys, and can also be a separate format to harness their interest in the written word through another medium. Often sites like Gatwick Airport let you listen to their story selections for free.
One of the best sites for free children's literature – they have a story a day initiative and are now producing chapter books for older readers, some of which are also free. Themes range from fairy tales to adventuring to animals. And the tales are ideal for bedtime reading – not too long before those lids begin to close.
The BBC's school literacy section has a great range of activities which are age appropriate for boosting confidence. Their early years section is also packed with interactive games and activities for children with special needs.