Parent & Teacher Resources
I have been an elementary classroom teacher and literacy educator for many years.
I have enjoyed teaching students the art of writing and I have worked with young children helping them to write and illustrating their own stories. One thing I have learned is that I really want to help inspire children 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.
Some of the things I hope to offer in the future will be virtual classroom visits, speaking and collaborating within classrooms. In addition, I would love to hear from those of you who would like to share your ideas about writing with children.
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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
Containers for storage
Pictures or photos
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.
"When you are teaching kids to write,
you are teaching them how to think.
Writing is the window through which all thinking starts."
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