Tips From My Teacher Days
Welcome back for Part 3 in my Getting Started Series. Last week I presented how to get started with Reading. My goal is to provide you with a simple easy to follow plan, to make teaching and learning less overwhelming. Each week I will provide one tip. While I know I could go into more details and give you more ideas to do with each subject, my intent is to keep it as simple as possible. This week I will show you simple tips for getting started with writing at home.
Writing with young children can be overwhelming. Where should you start? What should you focus on? What if they are on different levels? There are so many questions and that is okay. Educators spend their entire career learning and studying the best ways to teach writing.
Do not try to conquer the world in one day!
Help your learner develop a love for Writing, and only focus on “correcting” one things each session
For more on the writing curriculum I was trained in, Check out Lucy Caulkin’s Writer’s Workshop
Getting Started With Writing
*Various Writing Materials
* A Journal
To get started, all you really need is paper and pencil… but to make it inviting, I enjoy adding all of the other materials for the learners.
- Find an inviting place to write
- Encourage writers young and old to write about what they love
What do I do?
*Encourage children to write about something they care about.
*Model writing on your own paper by showing them how you would write about something that happened to you.
*Talk about ideas before expecting them to write.
*Start by allowing children to draw a picture. (even older children will benefit from a drawing)
*Have children Label their drawing with as many words as possible.
*For younger children you can write the words for them, but I encourage you to guide them.
What am I looking for?
*Does the picture match the words?
*Did my writer include themselves in the picture?
*What details can I encourage them to add?
*Are they able to label each picture using letter/sound knowledge or word skills they have?
*Does your child feel confident in their drawing and writing?
What do I say? What Questions Can I ask?
*Tell me about…
*Why did you include…
*I notice you added…
*What do you think you could add?
*What are the sounds you hear?
*Tell me more….
*What are some words you know?
*How can you draw that?
*Picture it in your head?
*You can do it. Don’t get stuck. We can fix it later.
Don’t forget to download these 10 writing phrases as a printable!
While I know there is so much more to writing, I am simply providing a starting point. This lesson is intended for any age. With younger writers you will focus much more on the picture. As the children progress in age/ability you will want to focus more on the content. Instead of the labels being useful to create 1 sentence, they will be a guide for completing paragraphs.
I plan to write posts in the future about specific strategies I have learned over my 12 years of teaching experience. What would you like tips on? For now, I will be continuing the getting started series. You get to decide what you see next:
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Did you see the other Posts in the Getting Started Series?