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Dec
21
2013

Puppets: A Fresh Approach to Storytelling

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                                                                                                                                    PUPPETS! Puppets can be a great way to encourage children to invent stories. You can purchase them or make sock or paper bag puppets at home. Your local library should have some interesting craft books on a variety of puppets that kids can create. Use a large box to make and decorate a puppet theater, or …Related Posts:What Makes Kindergarten Teachers Crazy?The 40 Best iPad Apps for Young Learners Paint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired [...]

Nov
13
2011

Your Child’s Writing Life

Guest Post by Dawn Little Literacy Toolbox Review: Your Child’s Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age Pam Allyn’s Best Book for Boys was published in May and now her latest, Your Child’s Writing Life (Penguin, 2011) is out.  Her boys book was written for educators, but I found a lot of …Related Posts:Ways To Raise a WriterPuppets: A Fresh Approach to Storytelling Essay writing tipsMinimal Marking: A Humane and [...]

Oct
13
2010

How Often Should I Correct My Child’s Writing?

My son who is three and a half is all about writing now.  He is constantly writing but reverses letters and numbers.  I know it is developmental but my question is do I correct him and if so how often?  I think it’s wonderful that he is at this experimental stage as an emerging writer.  Of …Related Posts:No Related Posts Found

Sep
25
2010

Mind Your p’s & q’s: When Your Child Reverses Letters

My seven year old still reverses a lot of letters when he writes.  Any suggestions on how I can work with him?  Letter reversals are surprisingly common through age 7.  After that age, this could be an indication of a learning disability such as dyslexia.  Letters that are similar such as b, d, p, and q …Related Posts:Three very simple steps to help your young child’s writing:Improving Handwriting at Home

Sep
16
2010

More Tips For Parents of Primary Grade Writers

When my first grade class first comes into my room in the morning, a mob of quivering little people surround me in breathless anticipation, jostling for position in order to be the first to relay a nonstop staccato rendition of all the details of their lives, and all the news about everyone else that they …Related Posts:Puppets: A Fresh Approach to Storytelling Your Child’s Writing LifeHow to Engage StudentsWhat Makes Kindergarten Teachers Crazy?Ways To Raise [...]

Aug
3
2010

Summer Fun: Poetry for Kids!

 Looking for ways to build reading and writing skills over the summer?  Poetry is the answer!  Children of all ages love the magic, rhyme and silliness that often accompany poems written for children. Many of my favorite children’s poems are written by Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein.Prelutsky books include A Pizza the Size of the Sun …Related Posts:Three Reasons to Memorize a PoemPaint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art by Justine Rowden

May
10
2010

Ways to Use Writer’s Notebooks

  Writer’s notebooks are typically used in the classroom to house ideas, favorite quotes, and just general nuggets of information.  At any time, the information within these notebooks may be turned into a writing piece.  I like to encourage my own children to view writing as a fun, active form of communication.  I also like to encourage …Related Posts:Essay writing tipsMinimal Marking: A Humane and Practical ApproachYour Child’s Writing LifeWays To Raise a WriterHow To Memorize [...]

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