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ERIC Number: ED346456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Writing and the Child.
Ediger, Marlow
Parents can help their children master the skills needed to become good writers. While preschool pupils, in most cases, cannot do their own writing, the parents can: ask their children for ideas to include in letters to friends or relatives; write down, and then read back, ideas dictated by the child; read interesting library books to their children; help their first grade children to write short letters, order free materials, or write brief business letters; and discuss business and friendly letters received in the mail. Second and third grade pupils often differ considerably in writing ability--parents should respect each child's level of achievement and assist their children by: encouraging them to write partial or entire letters to friends or family; encouraging children to complete school writing assignments; cooperating with teachers to identify specific areas of help and guidance for each child; and encouraging and participating in creative writing activities in the home. Many intermediate grade pupils can engage in and successfully complete different kinds of written work. Parents can engage their intermediate and upper grade children in writing activities such as poetry writing; writing tall tales, legends, mystery stories, biographies, and autobiographies; writing business and friendly letters, and invitations; writing riddles; and writing plays, jokes, and diary entries. If parents want their children to become increasingly proficient in the area of writing, a supportive environment must be in evidence in the home setting. Parents need to encourage, not force, their children to do a better job of writing. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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