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On Track: Supporting Your Childs Writing Development at Home

Now available: An app for parents of children ages 3 to 11 who want to help their children grow as writers.

Parents of elementary school students have two basic questions: 
How is my child doing as a writer?” and “What can I do to help?

It’s a challenge to answer these questions and explain literacy development in content-packed back-to-school nights or during a thirty-minute parent–teacher conference. The new On Track: Supporting Your Childs’s Writing Development at Home can help.

Adapted from Bonnie Campbell Hill’s parent guide Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Learning, this app will:

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Now available: An app for parents of children ages 3 to 11 who want to help their children grow as writers.

Parents of elementary school students have two basic questions: 
How is my child doing as a writer?” and “What can I do to help?

It’s a challenge to answer these questions and explain literacy development in content-packed back-to-school nights or during a thirty-minute parent–teacher conference. The new On Track: Supporting Your Childs’s Writing Development at Home can help.

Adapted from Bonnie Campbell Hill’s parent guide Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Learning, this app will:

  • Help parents understand the path their children will take in developing as writers
  • Show parents how to support their child’s growth and encourage their love of writing
  • Bolster parent support for their school’s literacy program
  • Improve family–teacher communication.

On Track: Supporting Your Childs’s Writing Development at Home provides parents with clear and detailed methods for helping their children grow as writers. Organized around seven stages of writing development: preconventional (ages 3–5), emerging (ages 4–6), developing (ages 5–7), beginning (ages 6–8), expanding (ages 7–9), bridging (ages 8–10), and fluent (ages 9–11), this app customizes writing support to a child’s writing ability. 

Each stage of reading development provides a menu of support options:

  1. STAGE—A video description of a typical child in that stage
  2. STANDARDS—A list of writing standards for that stage
  3. MODELS—Videos of writing conferences with children in each stage demonstrate for parents how to discuss their children’s writing and how to help them in stage-appropriate ways—PDFs of student writing samples are included
  4. ACTIVITIES—Suggested writing activities with parent involvement
  5. SPELLING—A list of typical expectations for spelling.

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