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Writing is like math -- doing it once a week isn't enough. In order to get good at it, you must practice almost daily. During your week, notice how often you write something down. Could these tasks be shared by your child? Ask for help the next time you need to jot down a name and phone number in your address book, write down directions or a shopping list or a recipe, or leave a note for someone. Can your child help to address letters, write thank-you notes, label jars, note appointments and events in your calendar, learn to take down telephone messages?

Inspire your child to write and read more with frequent trips to the library, discussions about what they are reading, and requests to hear their new poems and stories. Friends and relatives can help build your child's self-esteem by asking your child to read his or her favorites pieces aloud.

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Become a published author (or artist)! Launch Pad is a new online magazine publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and artwork by children ages 6-12. For upcoming issues, they are looking for creative works on:
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The NYPL now has educator cards for educators and homeschooling parents. Borrow up to 100 items, put up to 50 items on hold, and get a 60-day loan period for most print materials! The card is renewable each year, in August. All you need to qualify is your homeschooling paperwork (e.g., a copy of your annual letter of compliance from the DoE).
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Books

General books on writing

Amusing books on punctuation:

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On grammar, spelling, and form:

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On handwriting:

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On poetry:

Read some Poems by Kids and also some Poems by Laurie. Here's and article by Laurie: "What is Poetry For?" – which includes a list of Laurie's Favorite Poetry Books for Children. See also our list of Poetry Competitions.

Books

Websites

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On reading and writing

Check out Girls Write Now - event 14 June, sign-up 15 June.

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on teaching essays, story writing, and research writing

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Scholastic Workbooks:

These books are slim and easy to use, some with reproducible worksheets that can be used again and again.

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Vocabulary Building:

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Games & Puzzles

All these games and puzzles help with spelling and vocabulary.

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Websites

Websites for the parent or educator

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Websites for Students:

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Storytelling

From Wikipedia: Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images, and sounds

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