As your child's first teacher, you are responsible for
introducing your child to reading and writing. My First Writing
Dictionary can help you in the development of these critical
The first key element of this book is the listing of the 425 most
commonly written words in the English language. These are words that
children will invariably use when they read and write on their own. They
are arranged in alphabetical order to facilitate your child's use of the
alphabet and to help in the understanding of the relationship between
letters and the sounds that they make (phonemic awareness).
The second key element is the availability of spaces
for up to 576 additional words that your child chooses. This is what
will contribute to giving your child a sense of ownership of the book.
The third key element is the space available for your child to
add her or his own illustrations. This is included so that your child
can integrate left and right brain activities.
When your child needs to write a word and asks for help in
spelling it, your first response will be to repeat the word and have the
child restate it. Then ask, "What do you hear?" Help your
child to hear the sounds in the word. Later she or he will be able to
hear the sounds in sequential order. See if the needed word is already
in the book. Have your child read the listed words. Say, "Take a
good look. Now try to write it." After she or he writes it, have
her/him check it. If the word is not already listed in the book, you now
have a new word that can be added on one of the lines provided.
link between reading and writing
Guide your child through the stages of writing. It has been said
that if you can think it, you can say it; if you can say it, you can
write it; and if you can write it, you can read it.
There is a strong relationship between learning to read and to
write. They serve to reinforce each other. Once children begin to write,
have them read what they have written. Stories, letters, invitations,
thank you notes, and Valentines will take on much more meaning for your
child once she or he has taken a part in their creation!