Writing is a very important part of every subject we learn. During our writing time, we learn how to be strong and effective authors. In the first nine week period, we will set up our writer’s workshop notebooks and learn about where to get ideas for writing. We will also work on good sentence structure that includes nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Your students will be writing everyday in order to build good writing habits and practice the new strategies that we have learned.

Need extra practice with writing? Here are some ideas to help practice writing at home.

Start a journal- If your student struggles with writing, they can set up their own writer’s workshop notebook at home. All you need is paper, a pencil, and good ideas. Have your student write for any given amount of time (15-20 minutes) and then discuss what they have written. Be sure to be positive about their writing. If you really want to be brave start YOUR own journal too! Take turns reading what you have written.

Note Writing- Make writing fun by exchanging notes to one another. Set up a mailbox system in your house using shoe boxes with a slit in the top. Label one for you and one for your student. Write your student a letter that includes questions for your student to respond to. This is a great way to model good letter writing strategies as well as encourage communication at home. You can make this a family project by including a mailbox for mom, dad, and siblings!

Story Endings - Choose a story that your child has never read before.  Read part of the story with your child, but do not finish it.  Get to a really suspensful part, stop, and ask your child to write a story about how they think it will end.  This is a great way to work on prediction skills and it allows your child to get invested in the story.  After you child has finished their story, read the book over, stopping in the same spot, and inserting their ending.  Finally, go back to the book and finish the story.

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