Writing/Spelling Strategies

Help Your Child Improve the Quality of Their Writing with the Sentence Combining Strategy

Help Your Child Improve the Quality of Their Writing with the Sentence Combining Strategy

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In the sentence combining strategy (generally used with children in grades 3 and up), students are taught to combine two simple sentences into one more sophisticated/complex sentence. Example: Simple Sentences: The girl lost her doll. The girl is crying Complex Sentence: The girl is crying because she lost her doll. Research studies demonstrate that sentence-combiningContinue Reading

How to Teach Children to Write Letters & Numbers with Correct Form and Positioning

How to Teach Children to Write Letters & Numbers with Correct Form and Positioning

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A standard expectation in education is that young students learn how to write legible well-formed letters. Research shows that handwriting is a foundational skill that can influence students’ reading, writing, language use, and critical thinking (Saperstein Associates 2012). It has an important role in brain development, is necessary alongside technology in the classroom, and promotesContinue Reading

How to Help Your Child with Writing Skills through Guided Writing

How to Help Your Child with Writing Skills through Guided Writing

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This article explains how to help your child/student(s) develop writing skills through a research-based writing strategy called Guided Writing. While Guided Writing lessons are usually done with a small group of children in the classroom, parents can also utilize these strategies at home. It is very common for young children or children with learning orContinue Reading

How to Help Your Child with Handwriting and Pencil Grip

How to Help Your Child with Handwriting and Pencil Grip

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When learning to write, some children have difficulty developing proper pencil grip. Holding a pencil with proper grip and strength can make a big difference in a child’s handwriting. Parents and teachers can use strategies to help children improve the strength in their hands, how they hold their pencil, and the overall appearance of theirContinue Reading

How to Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Reading Comprehension, Writing, Listening, Note Taking, and Study Skills

How to Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Reading Comprehension, Writing, Listening, Note Taking, and Study Skills

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A graphic organizer provides learners with a visual representation of information, concepts, or ideas. Graphic organizers are often used to help children understand what they are reading or to organize information in order to report it, such as through writing or an oral presentation like a speech. Graphic organizers can also be used to takeContinue Reading

12 Research-Based Spelling Strategies Parents Can Try at Home

12 Research-Based Spelling Strategies Parents Can Try at Home

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Preface: In this article you will find a variety of fun and engaging ways to implement research-based spelling strategies such as teaching phonemic awareness, (a strategy to help students understand letter-sound correspondence and the individual parts that make up words) and morphological awareness (understanding/recognizing similar chunks in words, word families, and word parts), utilizing the whole-word approach (memorizing theContinue Reading