Parent & Teacher Resources


As a former elementary classroom teacher and literacy educator I understand the challenges that teachers face when it comes to teaching reading and writing.

I have worked with young students helping them to write and illustrate their own stories. When working with older students I enjoyed teaching them about writing in the content areas. One constant in my teaching was to inspire students to write and grow as writers.

My goal here is to produce and share with you amazing resources that will inspire children, teachers, and parents to increase their passion for writing worldwide.

Creating inviting writing spaces

We as teachers and parents can help to grow a child’s writing skills by first setting up an inviting writing space. The purpose of this space, whether it is in a home or a classroom, is to have all writing supplies easily accessible, and organized for the child to use. This space will show the child that you value writing.

Here are a few things that I suggest to encourage writing:

  • Paper – lined and unlined

  • Letter writing paper

  • Pencils

  • Pencil Sharpener

  • Colorful Pens

  • Crayons

  • Colored pencils

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Stapler

  • Glue

  • Sticky Notes

  • Journals

  • Index Cards

  • Folders

  • Erasers

  • Containers for storage

  • Pictures or photos

  • Notebooks

Writers need tools, but they also need inspiration.

  • Keep a list of fun writing ideas handy.

    This could be a list of brainstormed ideas, story starter or writing prompts. I like to write my ideas on small pieces of paper and I keep them in a jar. When I need a little inspiration for writing, I just reach into the jar.   

  • Post some inspiration by hanging some pictures or photos.

    Children are very motivated by visuals. You can also decorate the writing space by hanging up notes, cards, letters or stories written by children. These will provide inspiration and examples for them to model their own writing.

  • Most importantly you should share your own writing with children

    Writing helps us to become better writers. When we are able to share our writing we are better able to understand the struggles and triumphs that we share as writers.

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"When you are teaching kids to write,
you are teaching them how to think.
Writing is the window through which all thinking starts."

Sheryl Block

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