Becoming a Writer: Parent Handout
Learning to write is very much like learning to talk; both are developmental. The process of writing begins when children scribble, draw and pretend write. Next they begin to print letters and use combinations of letters or words to label and print words that are important to them. Eventually they learn to spell many words correctly and write simple sentences or even short paragraphs. This handout describes four activities parents can use to take advantage of children’s natural desire to draw, talk and write about what is personally important to them.
Classroom and support teachers find this handout particularly helpful as a resource to share with parents wanting to participate in their child’s early writing experiences in a practical and effective way. Becoming a Writer is part of our set of handouts called Set for Success
that includes the following titles:
Handout One: Reading to Children From the Beginning
Handout Two: Reading with Children as They Learn to Read
Handout Three: Children Reading on Their Own and Getting Better Every Time
Handout Four: Phonics Plus
Handout Five: Understanding and Learning from Reading
Handout Six: Becoming a Writer
Handout Seven: Becoming a Better Writer
Handout Eight: Learning About Numbers
Handout Nine: Skills that Make a Difference for Learning
Handout Ten: The ABC’s of Preventing the Summer Slide
Educators who purchase this handout are welcome to forward it electronically, post it on their school website and photocopy it for distribution to their parent population. It makes an excellent insert to send home with report cards, an addition to regular class or school newsletters and as a springboard for discussions at parent meetings, parent workshops and literacy events.
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Here’s to building successful partnerships with parents!