By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann
Gone are the days of yearning to be a pirate or princess. Now, middle schoolers have cool, creative ambitions like (famous, of course) screenplay writer, novelist, news anchor — you get the drift. Well, writing is a necessity for all of these callings (and crucial for middle school, high school, and college success). Your middle schooler can build her writing skills by starting a blog about an interest or just chronicle her summer vacation. You’ll find free blogging templates available on blogger and wordpress. These same skills can be put to use the old-fashioned way by keeping a journal — a bonus is she’ll have an opportunity to work on her handwriting and cursive. (Hint: Encourage your child to select a journal with lined pages to encourage neat handwriting.)
Is your family celebrating a milestone (e.g. grandma’s 90th birthday, parents’ silver anniversary, a family reunion)? Task your child with memorializing the event in words and pictures. When she’s finished, she can publish it using such sites as blurb or lulu. Bonus: Bound, hard copies of her work can be purchased to share as gifts.
In our increasingly tech-oriented classrooms, one skill your child needs — but may not learn at school — is typing. Luckily, there are a few online sources where your child can learn while playing free typing games (check out Power Typing or Typing Olympic on Sense-Lang).
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