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How to Write

The early elementary years focus on teaching a child to be a proficient writer. As a child progresses, the emphasis shifts from writing instruction to ascertaining what a child can write. The articles below help a child become a proficient writer.

Handwriting Basics

Writing Conventions

The Writing Process

Writing By Grade


Abbreviations are so widely used in printed material that it is beneficial to be able to write and read the most common ones. The use of an abbreviation aids in saving time, space and energy. Please note abbreviations may vary, specifically with use of periods and capitalization, e.g., mpg, MPG, m.p.g. & Mpg. Our list [...]

Learning to write your name is something every child must do. By the end of kindergarten, many reading curriculums require students to write their name using both upper- and lowercase letters. Before a child can write her name, she will need to learn how to spell it. We offer some fun activities that assist a [...]

A text message, commonly referred to as texting, occurs when a brief electronic message is sent over a cellular network often in shorthand, e.g., “TY” for thank you. Keep your text messaging communication brief and concise by using shorthand, abbreviations and/or acronyms. These shorten words omit letters or replace with letters and symbols to spell [...]

Proverbs are short well-known sayings that express a wise thought. They are common, thoughtful, short and often applicable to various situations. These thought provoking statements can also be used as a writing prompt. Select a few proverbs and have your child or student complete the ending, e.g., a picture is worth... Our list contains 160 [...]

Our third grade writing program requires each student to complete an animal research paper. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed this project and with the help of her teacher and writing prompts, she wrote an amazing paper (I’m really not biased – it was amazing). Use library books, encyclopedias and magazines to research your animal. In addition, [...]

A genre is a class or a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a distinctive particular style, form or content. There are many different types of writing. Literary genre refers to the different categories of written material. We listed four broad categories below. DRAMA: A written work that tells a story through [...]