Writing well is such an essential skill for personal and professional success. In a world that is powered by constant communication, we need to emphasize the importance of writing practice for our kids.
Texting should not be a child's favorite form of writing and communicating. This shorthand approach to communication is probably going to have a detrimental effect on their ability to clearly communicate in writing not only in school, but also in business.
There are so many dedicated teachers who work diligently to get kids excited about writing. Wouldn't it be great if a collaborative writer's workshop class was added to each student's school day?
All kids would benefit from that daily opportunity to express, create, and communicate. Establishing that firm writing foundation can help students excel as students and explore as creators.
I think that parents have to strongly support, encourage and praise their children's writing efforts. In partnership with creative, enthusiastic teachers, the involved parent gets the chance to "hear" their children's voices when sharing perspectives and discussing writing styles.
As these summer days of relaxation set in, let's consider a writing break once in a while for our kids. Even 10 minutes a day of journal writing will make a difference in exercising your child's writing skills. A more confident writer will then enter the classroom in September. Once someone gets excited about writing, the words keep flowing!