Writing with Your Child
Part of what makes a home “literacy-rich” are the many opportunities it offers for children to practice their reading and writing. Help support your children in developing their skills and love of writing by following some of the tips below.
- Make Time for Writing: Help your child prepare for writing by allowing her time to think. Good writers often think about what they are going to write and how they are going to write their stories before they even put anything down on paper. Encourage to brainstorm!
- Help Your Child Get Started: While your child is thinking, help him organize his thoughts by talking through his ideas with him. You can even have your child write parts of his story down on sticky notes to help him put his thoughts in order before he starts writing on paper. Encourage to organize!
- Praise Your Child’ Writing: Ignore minor errors and praise your child’s efforts when he is writing at home. It takes a lot of courage for new writers to put their thoughts down on paper and share their writing. Encourage to keep writing!
- Celebrate Your Child’s Writing: Children love an audience! Give your child the opportunity to share what she writes with you and respond by showing interest and asking questions. Encourage to share creativity!
Remember, practice makes perfect! Help children recognize the importance of writing by encouraging them to practice, practice, practice!
How to Talk to Your Children About Their Writing
What to Notice and Say
- Does the piece use detail to paint a picture?
- “I love how you make sure to describe everything that is going on in this scene! I can really picture your story in my mind because of all the detail you used here. Can you label what is going on in the picture?”
- Is it easy to follow? Is it clear and organized?
- “I can really understand what you are trying to say here because you tell your story so clearly. You‘ve written down what happens first, then what happens next and then how it ends. It’s so easy to follow! Is there anything missing from the story that you could add?”
- Does the author use sensory descriptors to bring the reader into the story?
- “I love the way you describe what this looked like and what it smelled like! It makes it seem so real. What else can you say about this to really make me feel as though I was there?
- Does the author tell the whole story?
- “I’m really happy that you decided to write this story for me because it is so exciting and so much happens! Can you tell me any more about what your characters were thinking or feeling?”
- Does the author use exciting verbs and adjectives to tell their story?
- “You really use a lot of description to tell me how your characters were feeling during your story. Can you think of any juicy words that you can use in your story to really wow your reader? What word could you use here instead of happy?”