ERIC Number: ED278049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Help Your Child Learn To Write Well.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Addressing parents, this pamphlet describes ways to help children learn to write well and thereby excel in school, enjoy self-expression, and become more self-reliant. Writing is discussed as a practical, job-related, stimulating, social, and therapeutic activity that receives inadequate attention in many schools. It is emphasized that writing is a complex communication process requiring clear thinking, sufficient time, reading, a meaningful task, interest, practice, and revising. It is suggested that parents (1) provide a proper place to write with plenty of paper and writing utensils; (2) encourage children to spend time thinking about a writing exercise; (3) respond to children's written ideas; (4) refrain from writing or rewriting children's papers; (5) praise children's writing; (6) make writing real by having children write letters to relatives or a pen pal; (7) encourage children to take notes on trips; (8) brainstorm and talk with children about their ideas; (9) encourage children to keep a journal in which they express their feelings; (10) have children help with practical writing tasks at home; (11) play word games to help increase children's vocabulary; (12) have children make lists of various things such as records or baseball cards; and (13) encourage children to copy the words of lyrics or poems that they like. (JD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.