My husband, an avid writer, has always said the number one rule of writing can be summarized in three simple words — butt in chair.
You see, it's not enough to read about writing, or to think about writing. Actually writing is what makes you a better writer.
And the same is true for our own children. We can lecture them about grammar, force them to complete hundreds of workbook pages, and hope that they become good writers as a result. But that's usually not very effective.
The best way for children to learn to write is to sit down and write.
So how do we get them to do that? Check out this excellent article about teaching writing without a curriculum. It includes a number of tips and resources that will help you get your kids writing — and writing well.