We had another great week of learning and growing at Pine Tree Hill. Last Friday we celebrated the 100th day of school with some great activities. Our students dressed as though they were 100 years old, raised over $300 for the Kershaw County Animal Shelter, donated over 400 canned goods to Food for the Soul, and made hundreds of cards for some nursing homes in the area. We had lots of fun celebrating 100 days of learning, but most importantly, our students learned the importance of service to others. I want to thank the students, parents, faculty and staff for their hard work in making our 100 day celebration spectacular!
Last week I wrote an article about the importance of practicing writing at home with your children. This week I want to continue the theme of writing. The more we practice a skill, the better we get. We are busy practicing our writing skills at school, but hope that you will assist us by having your child continue to practice at home as well. Asking specific questions helps your child to add interesting details to their stories. Some of the questions you can ask about your childs writing is listed below.
Purpose and Audience:
What do you want to write about? Why?
Who will want or need to read this?
What do you want your reader to know or do?
How will you present it to the reader?
Do your details help the reader understand?
Are they the best details and examples for the reader and for your purpose?
Have you explained important ideas?
Do your examples focus on the main ideas?
Do your details make the ideas clearer?
Did you stick to your plan throughout the piece of writing?
Does the order of the ideas make sense?
Does all of your information fit together?
Do your ideas lead the reader easily from one to another?
Will your reader be able to follow all of your thinking?
Do your sentences have different lengths? Different beginnings? Different structures? Or do they sound too much alike?
Do your sentences express complete thoughts?
Have you used a variety of words to make your meaning clear?
Do the words say what you mean?
Are all of your words used correctly?
Have you made any mistakes in spelling?
Do you see any punctuations problems?
Have you used capital letters correctly?
Talk to your childs teacher for more writing ideas! Remember, the most important rule is to make writing fun!
Adapted article from the Kentucky Department of Education - Writing
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