Friday, June 12, 2009

Raising good writers starts at home


According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 4 out of 5 students are not proficient writers, and only about half meet “basic” grade level requirements. So, where do your kids fit in? Writing was always a part of the 3 R's--Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic — but unless your kids are having trouble with it, you probably haven’t given it as much attention as, perhaps, their math grades.

But, the truth is that writing is one of the most important skills your children will learn. Writing gives them a new way to express themselves. It can help them perform better when faced with standardized testing and high stakes college entrance exams. In the job world, a well written cover letter and resume might be the key to setting your kids apart from other applicants.

Writing is something that they will use for their entire life.

But, how can you encourage your children to write (and like it)? If you can, start them while they’re young. When kids begin learning about something during their elementary years, it can become second nature to them provided that the skills are reinforced well. Writing is no exception. So, as a starting point, get their creative juices going by encouraging your children to express themselves verbally, artistically, and in writing. This can help make writing feel less like a chore and more like fun.

If your kids are a little older, starting them with a journal often works well. With school being out, kids have vacations planned, trips to take and camp to attend, so they will probably have a lot to write about. This also presents a unique opportunity for parents to help struggling young writers ease into it without pressure.

If you are looking for some professional writing help for your children, Time4Writing.com might be a good option to consider. They offer one-on-one courses for 2nd - 12th grade that are taught online by a certified teacher. The courses are only eight weeks and cost MUCH less than a tutor. Plus, they have a money back guarantee which is always nice.

If you're interested, check out the courses.

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