Helping Your Child Become a Successful Writer
A Guide for Parents
Authored by Bruce Johnson
You are your child’s first teacher, and your challenge is to help your child become a successful writer. Does this mean you need to present daily lessons? No. This merely means you need to take an active part in helping your child with the writing process and related activities. “Helping Your Child Become a Successful Writer: A Guide for Parents” is full of suggestions and offerings on how to do just that, as well as how to have fun while doing that.
Presentation starts with the definition of writing, and how the question is not “what is writing?” but “what is good writing?” It continues with the writing process, prewriting help, drafting help, revising help, proofreading help, and publishing help. Also included are helpful hints for getting involved in the school education process as well as activities for writing around the home, games to play, and summer activities.
You may be surprised at how much a simple daily effort will pay off. Someday your child will start writing to you, and better yet, someday your child will pass along these activities to your grandchildren. That will be doubly rewarding and fun to watch.
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If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others; read a lot and write a lot.
Table Of Contents
1. Meet the Challenge
2. What Literacy Specialists Want Parents to Know
3. What is Writing
4. How to Help with Pre-Writing
5. How to Help with Drafting
6. How to Help with Revising
7. How to Help with Proofreading
8. How to Help with Publishing
9. The Home and School Partnership
10. Writing Around the Home
11. Games Writers Play
12. Summer Activities
13. Parents Can Make a Difference
14. Free or Low-Cost Publications
20 Writing Session Reminders
Read to your children every day.
Immerse your child with print.
Write with your child every day.
Write what you and your child enjoy writing about.
Invite your child to read the writing to you.
Discontinue writing that is not being enjoyed.
Children learn by imitation. You are a role model.
Share your writing with your child.
Leave books, paper, pencils scattered around the home.
Stop and discuss new vocabulary when appropriate.
Ask open-ended questions such as “why” and “how”.
Try to connect or relate the writing to life.
Talk about what you are doing and why.
Stop when frustration hits.
Keep sessions something your child looks forward to.
Offer praise often.
Smile a lot.
Laugh as much as possible.
Remember, above all, have fun.