Writing with Grade School Children
This last month, I have read this professional book called, “6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades” by Ruth Culham. I know that as a parent of a kindergartner we spend lots of time generating ideas for what we write about, but this book gave some great idea on how to include more and important parts of the writing process; ideas, organization, voice (tone), word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. I found Ms. Culham’s website online and she offers free rubrics (a rubric is a way to assess writing) for both teachers and students on each area. There are some for different ages in both teacher and student friendly forms. These can be used to see where your children are in their writing and also as a way to generate ideas on how to help them strengthen their writing.
My daughter has been making lots of lists and has started writing several stories, including the story, “The Grl that codint red the noospapr.” (The girl that couldn’t read the newspaper) I am planning on printing these rubrics to expand on one of her chosen stories. We usually just use blank paper folded in half and stapled like a book for writing in. I will only focus on one or two aspects this week and will update you on how it goes in future Afterschool Express posts!
I’d love to see how you encourage and expand upon your child’s writing! Little Wonder Days is hosting this weeks’ Afterschool Blog Hop. We’d love to see the amazing things you do with your children!!!