If your child hates to write, try this.
Ask them to write a simple sentence about a cat: “My cat is fat.” Don’t worry about spelling unless you cannot work out what they meant to write. In that case ask them to rewrite it with the spelling corrected.
Then ask them to make that sentence one word longer: “My cat is very fat.”
- Try again, “My cat Biffy is very fat.”
- Try again, “My old cat Biffy is very fat.”
Then use another word for fat.
- “My old cat Biffy is very large.”
Now for a prize …. extend this sentence using the word ‘and’ somewhere.
- “My old cat Biffy is very large and lazy.”
There you are – from four words to nine.
Do it just before dinner, make the prize “You decide what we are having for desert” and it’s all fun.