Teaching Your Child Writing Strategies

The Several Benefits to Being Bilingual

Recent studies have shown that there are several benefits to being bilingual. Learning a second language could give your child a serious advantage in conceptual thinking. It may even broaden their perspectives and understanding of the world.  Improving The Executive Function According to an article put out by Psychology Today, one of the several benefits to being bilingual is it improves brain activity functions. The executive function, for example, which is the control system of…

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Writing Workshops for the Classroom

Getting feedback on schoolwork is an essential part of how students learn, but the current method for students receiving this feedback only from their teachers holds students back. Too often students turn in work to a teacher for a grade and then immediately move on to the next big assignment, without giving the project much thought after the due date. Additionally, teachers spend a lot of time evaluating student work, but many students barely glance…

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Music and Memory

In today’s day and age, parents have all the information the Internet can hold at their fingertips when it comes to what can help their children. Music is heralded as one of the best methods of stimulating development, but how does it work? For starters, music positively affects all areas of child development, helping them develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Music can also improve motor, language, and literacy skills in young children, as it teaches…

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A Book About a Particular Subject of Interest

I had previously discussed an activity in which children can write a small book that outlines instructions for a task they know how to do (like how to make a grilled cheese sandwich or how to build a Lego car). This is fun for children because it lets them show off their knowledge and is a great example of the purposeful nature of writing. Having your child write in a booklet, rather than on random…

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More Strategies For Enjoying The Writing Process

I wanted to continue with some more strategies for enjoying the writing process. Many parents are tempted to just buy workbooks and have children work endlessly on the technical skills until they master them, but children can write stories before they can write at all, just through illustration. You can add to that by building in words in small amounts, as children get more and more comfortable with the letter sounds and letter formation. Children…

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The More Enjoyable Elements Of Writing

At first, working with your child on writing seems like it should mainly be about letters: letter sounds, letter formation, etc., but you don’t want to only focus on the technical writing skills. From the beginning, writing should be a fun and expressive activity, and the technical skills will develop alongside the more enjoyable elements of writing. I had spoken previously about developing stories and adding additional details, and the following activities are a great…

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Writing Has A Purpose

As I mentioned previously, it’s important for your child to understand that writing has a purpose, so I wanted to list some activities you can do at home that demonstrate the purposeful nature of writing. One thing your child has probably seen you do is write lists: shopping lists, to-do lists, etc. The next time you are writing a list, have your child watch you, and sound out the words as you write them, stretching…

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Writing Tools

As I mentioned briefly in chapter one, it’s important for your child to feel comfortable with the writing tools that they are using. Fine motor skills can take a while to develop, so you don’t want to rush your child into using a pencil if a chubby crayon is still more comfortable. Once your child starts attending kindergarten, they will be expected to be able to use a pencil, so a good way to transition…

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Getting Children To Be Able To Expand On Their Ideas

As we discussed previously, we want to emphasize that writing can be a way to express oneself and tell stories. Getting children to be able to expand on their ideas and develop them more fully over time is the main goal. Let’s go back to the previous exercise of having your child come up with a topic, draw a picture, and then label it. Now have your child add to that drawing, and then try to write…

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