Strengthening Writing Skills @ Home
Writing has become a major portion of every subject area in school. Businesses tell the educational system that workers must be able to express themselves both verbally and in written form, even in this high tech world. We are an information-driven society. Most jobs require the transfer of information in some fashion. Therefore, today students are asked to record their thinking in science, history, and math, not just language arts.
Kids who are good writers are generally good readers. When the reading skills improve, writing and spelling generally does as well. Parents, let your child see you write lists, emails, notes or reports for your job, and notes for their lunch boxes. Real-world writing lets your child know that writing has value.
TAKE A STEP:
Encourage your child to write lists for what they want to eat next week, an invitation to a sleepover, or an email to a grandparent. Encourage your child to write stories or keep a diary or journal. Then stop and listen when they want you to hear what they have written. Validate their thinking.
You don’t have to be a professional writer to let your child know that you understand that writing is a life-long skill and has value.