Fun Websites Improve Kids' Writing Skills

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Help your child have fun while improving his or her writing!

6 Fun Writing Websites

Kids love computers and many could spend all evening and every weekend surfing the web. Most computer-savvy children are already familiar with common children’s websites based on their favorite TV shows and movies, and those sites can be great for providing some interesting reading geared to getting their attention. But check out these oddball top websites that help kids improve their writing:

Paralaughs – Mr. Nussbaum’s website has a multitude of activities that kids will enjoy while they are learning. One highlight is a Mad-Libs type activity called Paralaughs, where kids insert words according to category, click “submit,” and see their words star in a silly story. The whole family will enjoy creating zany stories together! (http://www.mrnussbaum.com/paralaughsindex.htm)

Dvolver Moviemaker – Kids will not even realize they are writing when they enter dialogue for action videos they can make using Dvolveer Moviemaker. They choose the scenery, plot, characters and music and are guided through writing the script themselves. You can email the finished product to all your friends and relatives right from the website. (http://www.dfilm.com/live/moviemaker.html)

Miss Spelling’s Spelling Bees – The spelling champ wannabe in your house will delight in testing her memory in Mrs. Spelling’s Spelling Bees multiple choice and real-time audio spelling bees based on the 100 most-often misspelled words in the English language. The spelling center is part of alphaDictionary’s Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club. Take a look at some of the other language-based games and resources on the site. (http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/misspelling.html)

Comix – Another site for kids to entertain themselves with their own clever dialogue is at Bill Zimmerman’s Treasure Chest. The talented Zimmerman, author of many children’s books, has developed MakeBeliefsComix.com to give kids an opportunity to create their own comic strip. They can choose from among 20 characters in several poses, 25 objects and different types of talk and thought balloons. These comic creations can be printed and emailed directly from the site. http://www.makebeliefscomix.com

100 Most Common Words – The whole family will enjoy the games and quizzes on Sporcle, which bills itself as a purveyor of “mentally stimulating diversions.” Gather around the computer and try to come up with the 100 most common words in the English language. Have your child do the typing—he’ll be practicing his spelling and typing skills at the same time. You have 12 minutes to complete the quiz–no pressure!(http://www.sporcle.com/games/common_english_words.php)

Bookr – Pimpampum.net has created several creativity tools using Flickr images, including Bubblr, Phrasr, and an easy photobook maker called Bookr. Budding authors can choose from their own photos on Flickr by typing in their Flickr username, or access Flickr images that have been tagged by their owners. Try typing tags like “flies” or “gross” if you really want to spark a kid’s creativity! (http://www.pimpampum.net/bookr/)

Next time your kids ask to use the computer, make a deal with them – you choose the sites. Why not take advantage of their interest and encourage your children to use these writing activities on webpages that will actually help them in school?

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author avatar Ruby Benjamin
I am a mom and a teacher. My specialties are ESL, literacy, parenting, technology, making money online. I have also been an educational administrator and a homeschooling parent.

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Mar 2011 (#)

I will have to keep this article in mind for when my grandson gets old enough. Nice read.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar D in The Darling
2nd Mar 2011 (#)

Ruby,
You have just equipped me with some info that will make me even more valuable to my kids. I never knew of these sites. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Ruby Benjamin
2nd Mar 2011 (#)

My kids spend so much time on the computer (like Mom) that I want them to be learning something while they are doing it.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Mar 2011 (#)

Ruby, my olderest was in the 6th grade when they started to really use computers with the kids. I am so amazed what they have at their fingertips in just these years since marcus was 12. Marcus is 28 now.
I just love the south. When I first moved to Georgia I just knew this was the place for me. For the most part, the people suit me. I live next door to Ft benning, how great is that. I love people looking at you when you walk by them, they acknowledge you and you them. You never meet a stranger and it is true, southern hospitality is top notch, even if I have to say so myself. Glad you are in the south, you will never regret the move, I never have.:)

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author avatar Val Mills
9th Mar 2011 (#)

Wonderful selection, I'm going to look into a couple of these to use with the kids at school.

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author avatar Ruby Benjamin
9th Mar 2011 (#)

thanks, everybody'1

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author avatar Purdy
7th Feb 2013 (#)

DVOLVER Moviemaker is completely inappropriate.

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author avatar Jen
19th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks for the resources! Just a heads up before anyone uses Dvolver Moviemaker it must have changed because it is not appropriate for kids sadly. Don't pull it up in the classroom or you might get calls from parents

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