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Tips for Supporting Writing at Home
  • encourage your child to write EVERYDAY!
  • provide a purpose for writing & allow for different kinds of writing...keep it fresh & exciting!
  • encourage content over conventions...this is a fine line as we want to encourage proper letter formation & techniques, but we want to avoid frustration (choose 1-2 conventions to work on if child is struggling, but don't make it overwhelming, or work on handwriting/conventions in small increments or at a separate time)
  • notice what your child is doing well & set goals for areas that need to be worked on
  • make daily connections between reading and writing ("Read like a Writer"...point out what an author is doing to help you as a reader and refer back to the book/author when your child is writing ("I noticed... the descriptive/juice words the author is using to help me get a picture in my head...the talking bubbles/thinking bubbles the author used...that some of the words are in bold...")
  • have different types of paper available (lined, unlined, stationary, envelopes, post-its, notecards, journals, diaries, etc)
  • provide different styles of writing tools (regular pencils, mechanical pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers)
  • encourage use of pencils for writing & coloring tools for illustrating
  • have reference tools available (ABC chart, word wall chart/ heart word lists)
  • provide options for storing & displaying writing (special frame for "published/finished" pieces, special cork board, special spot on the fridge, folders, binders, clipboards)

Spelling Strategies
  • use word wall chart & snap word lists for sight words
  • use "Best Guess" spelling for other words (encourage students to clap out syllables of word & include vowels in each syllable)
  • encourage child to use knowledge of zoo phonics, short vowel & long vowel combinations, digraphs, blends & endings
  • encourage use of books, charts and words written in the environment to spell unknown words
  • create a word bank before writing for words your child may need to know how to spell in a given topic

Three Main Types of Writing that Support our Common Core Standards:

1.Opinion ~ These should include an opinion and evidence/reason why to support opinion
  • Reading Response (My favorite part, character). The evidence/reason should come from citing events that happened in the text, not just "it was cool, funny, happy". For example, "My favorite part was when Lisa sewed on Corduroy's button because I felt happy that he finally had a friend who loved him."
  • Personal Opinion (My favorite time, event, holiday, grade, subject, book, author, food, sport, etc) with a valid reason as evidence.
  • Book Review

2.Informative/Explanatory ~ Examine a topic, convey ideas & information clearly
  • How-To (step by step, procedural)
  • All About/ non-fiction (all about a certain topic, i.e. snakes, unicorns, kittens, human body)
  • Scientific observations

3.Narrative ~ Develop real or imagined experiences or events using descriptive details & clear event sequences

  • Journal/diary writing
  • Personal narratives
  • Friendly notes or letters
  • Social notes (invitations, thank you's, get well)
  • Story & play writing (fantasy, tall tales, realistic stories)
  • Poetry

Other Practical/Daily Writing:
  • grocery lists
  • to-do lists
  • brainstorming ideas
  • reminders

Awesome Sight for Handwriting Practice!
This sight was forwarded to me from our Occupational Therapist. Check it out as it has valuable strategies and activities for all beginning writers!