Write Away

By the third grade, your child should be writing quite a bit. To encourage independent writing, put together a writing station for your child. Your child will be able to carry the writing station to their bedroom, the living room, outside, or wherever they choose.

Find a plastic or rubber-maid carrying tote to store the supplies. The tote should have a handle and some compartments. Since the tote is small, storage is not a problem. Let your child use permanent markers (sharpies) to decorate the tote.

You will have to consider the things that interest your child when deciding what types of things to put in the reading station. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Stationery and writing paper
  2. Pens, pencils, crayons, and markers
  3. Erasers and a pencil sharpener
  4. Memo pads or index cards–great for short notes or to record quick ideas
  5. Stickers-great for decorating a story
  6. Manila file folders-used to store stories and to hold the stationery and writing paper
  7. Dictionary
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