In an experiential classroom kids learn by doing. They learn from trying, experimenting, taking on a role, and even thinking about things from a different perspective.
Recently I came across an excellent quote about being a writer from author Stephen King:
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot...” (Sedita, Joan)
- StePHen King
It makes sense that writers are voracious readers because, of course, writers learn from and are inspired by reading other writers' work. An important element to nurturing our young writers is to make sure we give them ample time to read, write, and share.
The good news is that reading and writing are two activities we love to do at Crane School!
From personal narratives and journaling to descriptive writing, research reports and poetry, at every grade level students are given the opportunity to express themselves through their writing. When students are given time to hone their writing skills and opportunity to let their voice shine, they are actually learning by doing. They learn as they move through different stages of writing including brainstorming, conferencing, editing, rewriting, and publishing.
One of my favorite writing activities is doing a quick write. A quick write can be 10 minutes or less of responsive or topical writing. Even the most reluctant writers find themselves jotting down their thoughts. It is no surprise that this precious writing time often inspires the most creative ideas!
Listening to and watching our students read their writing is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I am looking forward to celebrating all of our young writers this year!
How can you help develop your child’s writing skills at home?
- Read with and to your children everyday!
- Set up a writing space with paper, note pads, and pencils.
- Brainstorm with them and validate their ideas.
- Share your own writing.
- Have your child write about their feelings and experiences in a journal.
- Write a poem or story together as a family.
- Have your child share their writing with your family and make it a celebration!
- Check out the options for publishing stories online: https://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success/learning-toolkit-blog/websites-where-kids-can-create-books.html
Second Grade Teacher & Teaching Fellow Co-Chair