for kids

[[ Even in creative ventures, kids learn by example. ]]

What I mean is this: If you ask students to write about their pets, they will most likely simply stare at the page, wondering where and how to start.

But if you write about your own pet in front of the children, asking them to help you spell words and come up with adjectives along the way, they’ll see how to write without you even “telling” them how: you’re modeling it!

(Really! After you’ve modeled writing about your own pet, ask children to write about their pets, too – you’ll be amazed at what they come up with!)

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[[ Some other quick writing tips ]]

  • Before your child even starts writing, ask her what she’s going to write. Have her verbally explain her ideas – this will help her put them on paper.
  • If he has trouble spelling a word, encourage him to hear each sound in the word, “stretching the word” like a rubber band! (I use a real rubber band to show children how. Model it!)
  • If she doesn’t hear ALL the sounds (vowels are usually the ones left out), that’s okay!! The most important part of writing for children is that the sounds they DO identify make sense. 
    • After she is done putting her ideas down on paper, then she can go back (probably another day) and sound out incorrect words more completely. 
      • Using a special marker or pen makes this more fun! Trust me 🙂
  • Focus on one learning point at a time. For example, if you’re introducing your kids to the strategy of adding adjectives to their writing, then that should be the focus for the day.
    • Certainly come back to the same writing another day with your kids and correct & edit it together for other things, such as grammar and spelling. (Editing is another great strategy in itself!) But the point is this: one main learning focus at a time.
      • We want writers who love writing – not writers who are exasperated by it!

 

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