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Writing Parent Support

Supporting readers at home, adults can:

Emerging Writers:

  • Read aloud to your child on a regular basis. Reading provides the foundation for writing and builds vocabulary.
  • Encourage developmental spelling.
  • Encourage your child to label things in their room or around your house.
  • Encourage your child to add pictures and a few words to thank-you notes or cards.
  • Demonstrate the many ways you use writing.
  • Write a story together.

Fluent Writers:

  • Read chapter books aloud to your child. Reading provides a model of story structure.
  • Introduce your child to new authors and genres.
  • Read a poem once a week.
  • Play word games such as Junior Scrabble, Yahtzee, or informational word games with similes and word alliteration.
  • Provide blank books for a personal journal. stationery, or writing materials.
  • Be a supportive audience for your child and display your child's artwork and writing.
  • Talk about root words, prefixes, and suffixes that help children see the patterns of English spelling.

Adolescent/Young Adult Writers:

  • Read young adult and adult novels aloud to your child and discuss them. Talk about point of view and author style.
  • Discuss the writers decisions and choices.
  • Do crossword puzzles together.
  • Encourage your child to send editorials or contribute to blogs.
  • Ask your child to share his or her writing with you.
  • Have your child collect family stories and make them into a book as a gift.