Writing Tips for Educators

Writing can be one of the most difficult initiatives at home, especially in homeschooling. Here are my best tips to make the battle easier:

Cultivate an interest in writing:

Writing Tips
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  • Write with your child.
  • Let them see you writing notes.
  • Create lists.
  • Celebrate all writing attempts.
  • Be excited about writing notes and receiving messages.
  • Encourage storytelling and story recording.
  • Use finger paint.
  • Be a good reader.
  • Read aloud what was written.
  • Go to a book store. Talk about the writing process used by authors.
  • Meet an author.
  • Let your child keep a private blog or add to a family blog.
  • Share ideas with your child about how you may change the ending of their favorite book.
  • Self-publish.
  • Create family histories as gifts for family including family lore and stories written by your child.

Set up a writing workshop at home:

  • Dedicate a specific area for writing.
  • Include all the tools needed:
  • Variety of paper
    • Markers
    • Crayons
    • Pencils
    • Pencil sharpener
    • Erasers
    • Sticky notes
    • Rulers
    • Folder to contain work
    • Stapler
    • Paper clips
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Glue sticks
    • Highlighters
    • Note cards
    • Dictionary
    • Colored pencils
    • Envelopes
    • Stamps
  • It doesn’t need to be expensive. Just make it organized and fun.
  • Hang the written work around the area.
  • Let your child develop ideas.
  • Look at the writing center in your teacher’s classroom.
  • Keep books nearby.
  • Search online for your favorite ideas.
  • Decorate it with pictures of family and favorite items.

Teaching Tips:

  • Create shopping lists.
  • Put your child in charge of the shopping lists.
  • Sound out items as you write them down.
  • Have a family message center.
  • Send notes to others.
  • Get the mail together.
  • Create a journal and record often.
  • Have your child keep a journal.
  • Collect writing sample into one space.
  • Put writing attempts prominently displayed.
  • Make labels and put them up.
  • Encourage illustrations in the work.

By Tracy Atkinson

Tracy Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education and a master’s in higher education. Her passion is researching, studying and investigating the attributes related to self-directed learners. She has published several titles, including The Art of Learning Journals, Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Lemosa: The Annals of the Hidden, Book Two, Rachel’s 8 and Securing Your Tent. She is currently working on a non-fiction text exploring the attributes of self-directed learners: The Five Characteristics of Self-directed Learners.

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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