Helping With Writing.com is a website to guide you, the parent, on how to support your children with their writing. The objective of this site is to improve your children's writing. We begin with basic sentence structure and take you step by step through lessons, movies and worksheets ending with your children being able to use nouns, prepostions and verbs correctly in all their writing; beginning with your children writing. Write On!
The site is a sequential program divided into five building blocks. Each block contains a Mini-Movie, a lesson and seven free printable worksheets to reinforce each lesson.
I have designed the program so that your children build their writing skills step by step, block by block. I recommend that they do one worksheet per day to build a strong foundation and gradually develop their skills. Taking bite sizes pieces everyday is easier for them to digest than a huge turkey dinner all in one sitting.
Childrens' attention spans are short and sweet.
Work within their limitations.
Slow and steady wins the race.
A good routine to establish that HelpingWithWriting.com suggests is to;
1) Find a quiet table or a desk for your children to work at.
2) Watch the Mini-Movie and read the lesson.
3) Print off a worksheet and discuss the instructions.
You may find your children will want to do the worksheet with you. Fine.
Or, you may find that they would rather work alone; whichever, allow them time to do each worksheet. Answer any questions that they may have. You are there to suppport them and this may mean spoon feeding them. If needed, do the worksheet together. You do not want to set your children up for failure,but role model for them and guide them to improving their writing. By role modeling, you are showing them how to do the work and building their confidence.
4) Once they have finished the worksheet, tell your children to check over their work. Get them to proof read , always. Re-read every question as if they were doing the worksheet for the first time. This is an excellent habit to get into as they will develop proof reading skills that will transfere over to all their writing. Most mistakes are found by the author.
The conversation might go something like this;
"Let's check this over."
If there are mistakes, fix them.
"Look at your answer here. How can you change it to better answer the question?" (Guide your children down the garden path).
"I would change this answer to this." By you giving them some other choices, they will learn that there are other answers.
6) Celebrate their successes. "Well down!"
Press the Start Button below to watch the 5 minute Parent Mini Movie that will guide you on how to work through the Helping With Writing program with your children.
Reading for 15 minutes
a day can improve your children's writing exponetially.
Be a bookworm.
Start here with "Sentence Structure" The beginning of the program looks at the basic foundation of sentence structure.
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