There is nothing worse than having a great idea and not being able to find a pencil or paper to write it down. Every home or classroom should have a well-stocked writing area that makes it easy for a writer to jump in when the inspiration hits. Have everything a writer needs all in one place! This includes: A copy of the “Writing Traffic Light” … Continue reading Chapter 7: Set up your Writing Area
I’ve been so concerned about teaching children how to write that this notion snuck in the back door: We don’t just learn to write, but more importantly, we write to learn. We write because it brings meaning to our life. We write so that our ideas and memories can take voice. We write so that ideas become clearer. I’ve talked about writing journals. Let … Continue reading Chapter 6: Learn to Write- Write to Learn
Finding Your Voice. Three friends, three lessons: Will is an artist. He has great skill as he puts brush to paper. His images are bright, clever, and leap off the page. Will has always liked art. He found his talent early. Yet, there was a time when no money came in. He could’ve settled for another job just to pay the bills, but, he would … Continue reading Chapter 5: Finding Your Voice
Writing is tough for most children. This point dawned on me one day as I pulled my frustrated third grade child out from under the table at writing time. He was struggling to write a story, but couldn’t get past the first two lines. He complained loudly, “I HATE writing!” In a moment of desperation and inspiration, my mind traveled back to swimming lessons the … Continue reading Chapter 4: Frustrated Writers or When Writing is NOT a Blast!
*Disclaimer! This was written long before Pinterest was created! In my kitchen I keep file folders of new recipes that I want to try. I have filled three of them and I am still tearing out recipes from the magazines at the dentist’s office, printing out recipes from the internet, and asking friends if I can get the recipe of that yummy hummus I tried … Continue reading Chapter 3: Start a Writing Journal
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
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