Supporting your child with writing assignments

Supporting your child with writing assignments
Posted on 02/01/2020

A writing assignment can seem like a tough challenge for many students. Good writing involves everything from understanding a subject, to knowing how to organize thoughts, to checking spelling and punctuation.

To help your child with writing assignments:

  • Suggest that she “talk through” some ideas before starting. Clear writing starts with clear thinking. Talking with you can help your child clarify her thoughts.
  • Encourage her to take notes and make an outline before she starts to write. Organizing her thoughts will make her writing clearer.
  • Remind her that first drafts don’t have to be perfect. Encourage her to focus on what she wants to say first. She can edit her paper for spelling and grammar later.
  • Offer plenty of praise. Your praise can motivate your child to keep working. Be as specific as you can: “I really like the way you’ve described what led up to this event. I understand it better now.”
  • Don’t over criticize. It’s helpful to point out errors now and then, but if your child thinks you are always looking for what’s wrong, she will be less likely to share her writing with you.
  • Be patient. Good writing takes time. Your patience and support can help your child develop into a clear thinker and skilled writer.

Reprinted with permission from the February 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.

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