Why Writing Matters (Part 1)

Why teach writing to kids who struggle with it? Is written expression still important in a digital age? Written letters have largely given way to phone calls, Skype, and emails. (At the beach last month, I discovered no-one sold postcards anymore.) Teens and young adults I know have largely abandoned email to text, Instagram, [...]

2018-03-24T21:45:11+00:00 Creative Writing|

Strengthen Your Child’s Writing Abilities (Part 2)

If your children struggle to write, you need a two-pronged approach. You need to strengthen their areas of weakness, that is, to remediate. You also need to work around their specific areas of weakness so they can get their words out and improve their other communications skills. That means you accommodate their area of weakness. Later in this [...]

2018-03-24T21:37:30+00:00 Creative Writing|

Accommodations for Struggling Writers (Part 3)

A woman once told me her son had been accepted into a good college even though he had the handwriting of a six-year-old. Happily, this sharp young man and his mother knew how to get accommodations to get his thoughts on paper. Can you imagine the effect on this child, if she had said: [...]

2018-03-24T21:35:18+00:00 Creative Writing|

More Tips to Accommodate Writing Problems (Part 4)

In this final installment in the Helping Struggling Writers series, I’ll offer more tips to accommodate writing problems. Spelling Dictionaries Spelling dictionaries are easier to use than conventional dictionaries because they only list words—no definitions.They are available from many publishers, including Educators Publishing Service, which carries My Word Book and several levels of Words I Use When I Write. [...]

2018-03-25T19:23:48+00:00 Creative Writing|

The Gentle Art of Teaching Writing to Children

Teaching writing does not have to be painful. Here are some ways to help teach writing, while making writing enjoyable for both student and teacher! Baby’s first cry marks the trailhead of language expression. As parents, we instinctively shepherd our child’s growing language skills with smiles and repeating their coos and baby babble back [...]

2018-03-24T03:02:05+00:00 Creative Writing|