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My Kindergartener is dying to be able to write stories like her older sister. What can I do at home to encourage this interest?




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My Kindergartener is dying to be able to write stories like her older sister. What can I do at home to encourage this interest?


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Lisa @ School Family writes:
Dixiemom- That's so wonderful that she is interested in writing stories already! Kids love putting together their own "books." Put together a few pieces of paper and have tell a story in pictures. Then, depending on where she is at with writing you can either have her dictate the story and you write the words in the book, or have her write the words (with inventive spelling) while you are sitting with her. Here's an article on developing writing skills that you may find helpful.
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cmccarthy writes:
Dear Dixiemom, Teacher's of writing agree, that for young children, creative writing starts with the picture. Often drawing is writing, when children just begin to creatively write. Encourage her to add detail to her picture, before even starting the words. You can then scribe her thoughts, for her, underneath her drawing. Connie McCarthy @schoolfamily
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Emily writes:
Dixiemom - It's so great that your daughter is so interested in storytelling. Be sure to save some of her early stories for you both to enjoy later. You might also want to record her telling some stories with a tape recorder or a video camera. Perhaps even have a family talent show where parents and kids make up a story to share. :)
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Lisa @ School Family writes:
Emily- Such great advice to save the early stories- I would add: make sure you date them. We have so many drawings and stories from when my kids were little that I didn't date. At the time I think you feel like you'll never forget a work of art or phase, but you do. Also think that the video taping is a fabulous idea. Such a great way to encourage story telling. Kids love watching themselves on tv!
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aracely writes:
dear, dixiemom your kindergartener can start a picture jurnal or diery for every day. you can also encourage her to write the rescepy of what you are cooking not only she is writing but, she is also having cualyty time with you.:)
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ErinTM writes:
My kindergartner comes home with these great worksheets where she has drawn a picture at the top of the page and then "written" a sentence below explaining the picture. What I love is that the teacher doesn't correct for spelling or anything. That's one thing to do. Another thing to do is to ask her to tell you a story, you can write down one sentence on each page, and then ask her to illustrate the sentences. Voila! A book. Yes, and definitely date everything :)
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