Talk for Writing – How to Support Your Child with Reading and Writing

The Word Gap The Word Gap refers to the startling findings from the groundbreaking study by University of Kansas researchers Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley, titled “The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3“. By 3 years of age, there is a 30 million word gap between children from the wealthiest and poorest families.Continue reading “Talk for Writing – How to Support Your Child with Reading and Writing”

Book Week Workshop by Malaysian Author Shamini Flint

Shamini Flint visited our school for Book Week. She was amazing and also delightfully witty. I regret that I had never heard of her before despite the wide success of her books. If you don’t know who she is either, Shamini Flint is a Malaysian writer. Yes, I’m claiming her for Malaysia even though sheContinue reading “Book Week Workshop by Malaysian Author Shamini Flint”

Writing Resources to Encourage the Reluctant Writer

The following writing resources were recommended at a school workshop for encouraging the reluctant writer in secondary but I thought they were great ideas and tools for the younger aspiring writers. Writing Resources for School: Socratic Seminars encourage students to explore academic  topics in full (all subjects) – mapping both sides of a debate. ProvideContinue reading “Writing Resources to Encourage the Reluctant Writer”

I Wrote a Parenting Book – Brainchild!

The first ever career aspiration I can remember having was to be a writer. I have been writing from as far back as the days of the Apple IIe when my work was saved on 5 1/4 inch floppy disks. It was a child’s dream and I honestly never believed I would ever see the day when myContinue reading “I Wrote a Parenting Book – Brainchild!”

Supporting Handwriting Development

These notes are from a series of workshops from our school – this particular series was on supporting your children’s handwriting development. There are some annotations and additional resources which I have added. Supporting Emerging Writers Be a writing role model – If they see you write for a purpose, watch the process, listen to youContinue reading “Supporting Handwriting Development”

Writing Resource: Improve Your Writing with Grammarly

Good writing skills are essential for student performance and career success. In the SAT test, performance in the writing section is the most accurate predictor for college success – more so than either math or critical reading. Despite this, there has been a decline in student writing scores by 5 points since 2011. In fact, the writing section of theContinue reading “Writing Resource: Improve Your Writing with Grammarly”

NaNoWriMo for Budding Young Writers

G1 has always said he wanted to be a writer so I suggested that he join NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program and he did. So have I… to keep him company. I’ve even signed up for a Novlr account so I have a place to keep my writing stored. No more excuses, just writing. If you want more flexibility forContinue reading “NaNoWriMo for Budding Young Writers”

Grammar Girl Helps Students Write it Right

I have a pet peeve when it comes to writing. I hate to see spelling and grammatical errors – especially when it is written by a professional source, like a newspaper or a printed book. While I’m no grammar queen, and I’m sure I’ve made my fair share of grammatical errors, I’ve always tried to correct themContinue reading “Grammar Girl Helps Students Write it Right”