Teaching Your Child Writing Strategies

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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Understand The Stages Of Early Writing Skills

It’s very important for you to understand the stages of early writing skills. You want to know what you should expect of your child and how their skills should develop. First, your child will be able to hear, and subsequently write, initial letter sounds. This is the first letter in the word. Your child will start off by writing usually just the first letter in the word. Next, your child will start to hear medial…

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Starting To Support Your Child’s Writing Skills

In starting to support your child’s writing skills, it is important to engage your child in the purposeful nature of writing. Writing exists to express ourselves, to share stories, to let others in on our inner world. We want children to understand that, just as the books they read contain stories, they are able to express themselves through stories as well. In the early stages of writing, we allow children to express themselves through both…

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Working With Your Child On Beginning Writing Strategies

In the following series of blog posts, I will demonstrate a series of activities to get your child started on the writing process. The following curriculum is adapted from Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum. In teaching a class of kindergartners, half of whom had special needs in some capacity, I adapted the curriculum to meet each student’s individual needs. If you’re working with your child on beginning writing strategies,…

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