Whenever I’ve dealt with something difficult in my life, I’ve turned to writing. Writing helps me process, work through challenges, and make sense of my emotions. It also helps me express myself to others. Sometimes the writing turns into something I share with the public; sometimes it never sees the light of day outside of my journal.
The most fundamental definition of writing is words written down. This includes words or other symbols, such as hieroglyphics, written down as a means of communication. Like walking and talking, learning to write does not happen all at once, but happens gradually through continuous experiences with printed material and writing-related activities.
Literacy specialists want parents to prepare their children for school by sharing a love for writing, the attitude that writing is important, and the expectation that all children can become successful writers. How to do this? Encourage your child to write every day.
CLiF Presenter author/illustrator Jason Chin shares during his presentations his process for creating and revising his picture books (you can watch this video on Jason’s presentation at JFK Elementary in Winooski, VT this summer). He shows kids the various drafts his work has gone through to become his non-fiction picture books.
Does your child love to write? How can you encourage her passion without turning writing into a chore?
As I write this from a writers’ retreat in Lost River, WV, I’m reflecting on what’s helped my writing, from making up my own stories as a young child until now, as a Master’s candidate in Fiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars.
You know how important it is to make sure your kids keep learning during the summer months. It is clear that engaged children who work on reading, writing, and math skills over the summer months maintain skills, and it’s just as clear that children who do not not engage in learning over the summer months slide backwards.
Successful writers understand the difference between strong and weak writing, and use that knowledge to create stronger drafts. In addition, successful writers revise and edit their own writing because they can read it critically, and know how to make it better.
People are getting more enlightened today with the help of literacy. Without literacy, we wouldn’t be able to shape meaning out of the world. That is why it is so important to continue fighting for the increase of literacy for everyone.