When Kids Resist Writing, How Can a Parent Help?

Making a Strong Home-School
Supporting Literacy at Home
In school…
• Children read everyday
• And they can read everyday at home too!!
• Children write everyday
• And they can write everyday at home too!!
• Children are read to everyday
• And they could be read to everyday at home too!
• Children talk everyday
• And they can talk everyday at home too!!
Workshop Structure:
Reading in School
• Independent Reading: Children read on
their own (just right books)
• Read Aloud: Teacher reads to children
• Shared Reading: Teacher and children
read together
• Partner Reading: Children read to and
with other children
As Readers We Work On…
• Reading identity and purpose
• Reading habits
• Making time and space; planning
• Decoding strategies
• Fluent reading
• Thinking about what we read; building ideas
• Sharing with others
Writing in School
• Independent Writing: Children write on
their own (topics, ideas)
• Shared Writing: Teacher and children
write together (teacher holds the pen,
children think and talk)
• Interactive Writing: Children and
teacher compose together (work on sentence
structure, spelling, punctuation)
As Writers We Work On…
• Developing personal ideas and topics
• Writing Process – generate, plan,
draft, revise, edit
• Purpose, Structure and Focus,
Development, Voice, Word Choice,
• Stages of Writing Development
Cambourne’s Conditions for
Literacy Learning
• Immersion – Be a part of it.
• Demonstration – Watch.
• Engagement – Try it out!
• Expectation – You can!
• Responsibility – How will…?
• Approximation – Great try!
• Use – Let’s do it!
• Response – I’m with you!
• Children need to be surrounded by interesting,
high-quality children’s books and different kinds
of text (e.g. charts, labels, newspapers,
• Read aloud every day.
• Sing to them.
• Play word games with them.
• Use movement and dance to generate
engagement in language, literacy, and stories.
• Model reading and writing for children.
• Let them see you writing notes, letters,
stories, recipes, and lists.
• Make sure they notice you reading to
yourself, for pleasure, for information,
for directions, and for other purposes.
• Show them how to hold a book, turn
the pages, and read aloud.
• Help children become active learners who
see themselves as potential readers and
• Set up a risk-free environment so they can
experiment with language and literacy.
• Provide easy access to paper, pencils,
crayons, markers, books, and other
literacy materials.
• Set realistic expectations for language and
literacy development.
• Become familiar with the developmental
stages of emergent literacy, and support
children in appropriate tasks.
• Expect that they will become
accomplished readers and writers in their
own time.
• Give children choices about books to
• Set up the environment to promote selfdirection.
• Provide easy access to books and
literacy materials on low shelves and in
baskets and show children how to take
care of them.
• Accept children’s mistakes when they
are learning to talk, read, and write.
• Congratulate them on their
• Guide them gently into accuracy and
soon they will begin to self-correct.
• Create a climate for functional and
meaningful uses of oral and written
• Encourage children to read along with
you; help you write notes, letters, and
• Engage in lots of conversations.
• Listen to children.
• Welcome their comments and questions.
• Help them extend their use of oral and
written language.
• Celebrate the enormous language and
literacy learning that is occurring daily!
Thank You!

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