Chapter 2 Developmental Writing Stages: The Experienced Writer

Experienced writers find that words are easy to put on a page.  They have found their voice or personal style of writing, and have definite ideas about what they like to write about and how.     WRITE! WRITE! WRITE!:   Children who are experienced writers think about their audience, or whom they are writing for.  Sometimes children in this group become bored by having to … Continue reading Chapter 2 Developmental Writing Stages: The Experienced Writer

Chapter 2 Developmental Stages: The Developing Writer

The developing writer stage can be frustrating, but also very satisfying at the same time.  Children’s progress during this stage from one year to the next is amazing.  This stage typically lasts longer than the first, but if children see it for what it is—a stage they must go through—then they will begin to see the broader picture and they will become great writers.   WRITE! … Continue reading Chapter 2 Developmental Stages: The Developing Writer

Chapter 2 Developmental Writing Stages: The Beginning Writer

Children learn to write in three distinct stages.  Within each stage children learn to identify their particular, special strengths and weaknesses.  It is exciting to watch children work their way from one stage to another.  The more they write and follow the “Writing Traffic Light” process, the more confidence they gain, and the better writers they become. The Beginning Writer In this first stage, parents … Continue reading Chapter 2 Developmental Writing Stages: The Beginning Writer

Chpt. 1 The Writing Traffic Light

After 30+ years of teaching and writing with children, I have come up with my own, complete, boiled down, all-encompassing, everything-I-know-about-writing, theory.  I call it my “Writing Traffic Light” Theory and I have it hanging on my wall.  On a single sheet of black construction paper, are the sharply outlined red, yellow, and green circles of a traffic light with the words, “WRITE! WRITE! WRITE!, … Continue reading Chpt. 1 The Writing Traffic Light