HOME & PARENTS
Putting Ideas on Paper
It was a beautiful late August day, and my family and I were headed down the shore for what is likely to be our last day trip of summer. As we drove the familiar roads, we approached a small roadside fruit stand that displayed a standing sign boasting homemade PIES. I could hear my girls begin their plotting in the back.
Create a special place in your home where your child can relax and write.
Create a “Writing Box” with your child.
Ask them for help with your own writing.
Be their audience.
Respond to the content or the ideas in the writing first. There will be a time for editing after your child gets all his words on paper. Give him specific praise such as, “I could really picture your kite getting higher and higher and smaller and smaller!” Ask her questions about her process, “How did you get this idea?” and “Say more about the rainstorm.”
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