Avoid simply looking for mistakes. And never fix errors for your child.

First look for something specific to praise. Say, for instance, “The beginning really grabs my attention.” “I like the way you organized your thoughts.” “This phrase is very lively!” “Your spelling really has improved.”

Then comment on the message your child is trying to convey. Does it make sense, and does your child support what she says she believes or feels? How does it sound if she reads it aloud?

Ask questions that will help her clarify or bring more detail to her message:

  • “What are you trying to say here?”
  • “Do you think this logically follows that?”
  • “Can you give some reasons why you think that?”
  • “Do you have an example of this?”

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