Jessica Corthier

West Clay Elementary

Carmel Clay Schools

3495 West 126th Street (Map It!)

Carmel, IN 46032

(317) 733-6500 ext. 2248

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Writing Tips

Writing is more than putting words on paper. It's a final stage in the complex process of communicating that begins with thinking.  Show interest in, and ask questions about, the things your child says, draws, and may try to write. In helping your child to learn to write well, remember that your goal is to make writing easier and more enjoyable.

-Provide a place. It's important for a child to have a good place to write--a desk or table with a smooth, flat surface and good lighting.

-Have the materials. Provide plenty of paper--lined and unlined--and things to write with, including pencils, pens, and crayons.

-Allow time. Good writers do a great deal of thinking. Your child may dawdle, sharpen a pencil, get papers ready, or look up the spelling of a word. Be patient--your child may be thinking.

-Respond. Focus on “what" the child has written, not "how" it was written. It's usually wise to ignore minor errors, particularly at the stage when your child is just getting ideas together.

-Don't you write it! Never rewrite a child's work. Children need to have a feeling of ownership.

-Praise. Take a positive approach and say something good about your child's writing. Is it accurate? Descriptive? Thoughtful? Interesting? Does it say