Then there is finding authentic reasons to write; writing which is directed by their interests and needs.
If you need any convincing on believing that this is a great place to start, read my all-time favourite post about children and writing here.
The girls have always written plenty - lists, letters, love notes, birthday wishes, reminders to themselves and the odd story. They live in an environment rich in the written word and story although we certainly don't do the amount that is required in school. At home it's just not necessary; we communicate most of our observations, enquiries and discoveries through conversation.
But recently Sky has been finding new avenues of writing that she is super excited about.
Sky loves drawing; it is where she thinks through ideas, centres herself during a busy day and expresses what she sees around her. She is at peace with herself and the world when she draws. So, as a way of gathering the threads of her day together, I suggested the idea of a daily journal to incorporate into our evenings; a rhythm we are sinking back into after the long evenings of Summer.
Of course, drawing about a special part of the day leads onto writing about it and she has been writing in it each day for two months now.
I'm guessing this love for her journal mainly springs from the fact that she is in charge of it; it is her relationship with the written word that she is developing and she doesn't need me interfering. I read it if she wants me to and we might chat about the event but never about her writing. Not at this stage. Not yet. This is her space to feel the joy of writing and the joy of learning. To discuss mechanics feels like stripping away some of that magic.
Then there are the posters she is spontaneously making, reminding her of names or words she wants wants to remember, and the letters that she has begun with an adult friend.
All this writing naturally spring from her drawings, what we have been doing in the day or from relationships she wants to nurture.
Sky is 6. We're not in a hurry. We know that early childhood is almost passed for her. We have had other priorities nurturing the fertile ground of play and imagination from which these skills will naturally spring from.
We are happy to be in this place.