1. For an ongoing practice for written expression, ask a relative or friend that lives in another town, state, or country to write or send an email to your son or daughter. This way they came write back about what is going on with them. They will have to elaborate and use description to make themselves understood.
2. Have your child read the newspaper or a magazine. Once they have read a paragraph or two let them summarize what they have read.
3. Tevo a TV program. Show it to your child but turn it off with ten minutes to go. Give your child a chance to write the end of the show. Then compare the real ending to the one they wrote.