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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

Inspire Your Child to Become a Better Writer

Girl Writing

Do you want your child to become a good writer? Start by sharing how you use writing every day, such as lists, e-mails, recipes, directions, etc. To spark your child’s interest in writing tie it to their everyday activities. Here are some simple and easy ways to do that.

  • When you are going to the grocery store have your child make a list of snacks. Even if you can’t read the list, bring it with you and refer to it in the store.
  • Give your child their own calendar. Have her write play dates, doctor’s appointments, library books due, etc. on the calendar.
  • Help him write "Thank You" notes to relatives and friends for gifts or special times together.
  • Let your child pick out a small, colorful notebook and some sparkly pens or markers. Have her keep a daily "Journal" or diary.
  • Help your child find a "writing buddy" in your neighborhood. Let them exchange notes, e-mails, or journals.

The more your child writes, the more confidence he or she will gain, and the more enjoyable writing will become!

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#2 claudiajenfer 2010-10-28 13:16
Help the child to find a writing buddy in your neighborhood. Let the exchange notes, e-mail, or newspapers. The more your child writes, the more confidence he or she will get, and will be more convenient to write.
#1 Carol Williams 2010-07-16 20:42
I like writing little" keep in touch ", "I love you" or "remember to" notes to family members and keeping the spelling of a simple word in mind, looking for the word in signs, labels, books, the newspaper and so on . One of our children noticed a word from a previous "lesson" on a license plate of a car.

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