What Summer Writing Looks Like in Our House

By Anne Elrod Whitney, Ph.D. Our summer is underway, and all around us families are making plans, changing routines, looking back at the just-past school year and thinking in a vague, anticipatory kind of way to the next one. These are the days when saying “I’m going into _th grade” still sounds new and grown-up…

Image of spiral notebook with letter from teacher to student opposite a letter from student to teacher.

Building Relationships and Understanding with Dialogue Journals: One Entry at a Time

by Brennan Cruser and Stacey Ross Teachers of young children share conversations all day with their students. What if you could capture some of those conversations and provide a space for a one-on-one discussion with each of your students? Dialogue journals provide a space to connect teacher to student as students connect pencil to paper.…

Photo of a boy lying on the floor drawing. The drawings are blowing away into a cityscape below

Writing as a Path to Healing

By Roberta P. Gardner One of my earliest memories of writing in school was a failed scribble drawing of my deceased cat, Honey. She wasn’t officially my cat, but I was the one who played with her every day, and I let her know that she was loved. I used to sneak her bowls of milk…

Uncertainty as an Opportunity

By Jim Fredricksen My brother’s oldest daughter started high school this year. We live several states away from one another and early this school year my phone rang in the afternoon. It was my brother. “Can you help us? Her English teacher is asking her to write an introduction to an essay using a ‘delayed…

Inspiring the Young Writers in Your Home

By Cathy Fleischer Over the years as I’ve mingled with the other parents on the sidelines of soccer games or in line for school events, I’ve heard all kinds of talk about student writing:  from complaints about the impact of texting and video games to the perceived lack of grammar instruction in schools.  More often,…