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“Mom, Can You Listen To My Story?” Four Listening Secrets That No One Ever Told You “Mom will you listen to my story?” is such

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How To Create a Fairy Tale Family Tradition When my daughters were little, my dad used to tell them his version of The Three Little

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Write Out Loud; Your Child is Listening Growing up, every so often I heard my mom in the next room talking to herself while she

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The Writing Process & Why It Matters Above the board in my classroom, I have a writing process wall.  It goes straight across the top

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Our Best Editing Tip Several years ago, I worked as a feature reporter for a small newspaper in my city. One of the best parts

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Two Tips To Help Your Child Spelling is often the number one “Go To” place where parents help their children with writing.  Let’s face it,

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Read Like a Writer: Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream”   Reading like a writer is a powerful exercise that helps writers see

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Word games keep us connected… Staying connected with my children with all our busy lives is a challenge to say the least! With one grown child in

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This month we invite writers to put their own spin on favorite fairy tales. Fairy tale writing has long been one of our favorite tools

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As a parents to young writers, we often hear the question: “Want to hear my story?” What our young writers most need from us at

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How do you define your family culture? One of my daughters was a volleyball player for a while. This was a new sport (for all

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From day one, we are encouraged to read with our children. But what about writing with our children? Educator Ralph Fletcher writes, “Childhood is the

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Hello friends! Young writers come in all varieties. If your family is anything like mine, there are a variety of personalities growing up under one

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Hello friends! Flying to Florida this month, I found myself sitting next to a woman who had an infant strapped to her front and her

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Hello friends! Sooo, I’m back in the classroom this week teaching 7th and 8th grade. When I first started working, my main worry was my

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Hello friends! On Monday, Steven sat and sat. It was the first day of Writer’s Workshop in first grade. He did not write one word

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Hello friends! Most writers can never say no to a book. But even so, we should keep a good eye on our young writer’s reading life

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Hello friends! The whole world is homeschooling right now. Some are probably doing it better than others. For me, it’s going about as well as

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Hello friends! One of the most common questions parents have asked me since we started online school is, “How can I best support my child’s

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Hello friends! Usually here, we like to talk about the stories our children are writing. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the stories we

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Hello friends! My brother stopped by the other day for a porch chat. (Porch chats are starting to be really normal now, aren’t they?) We

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Hello friends! We hoped online camp would work, but we didn’t expect this. From one mom: “My daughters are waking up excited each morning. This

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Hello friends! In the middle of this pandemic summer, it’s been a surprising gift to have Hamilton lyrics running through our heads. (You too?)  Almost

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Hello friends! How are you enjoying the 5th month “summer”? In our house, we’ve found more of a rhythm now. Masks are the norm when we go

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I (Carrie) now have a Little Free Library in my front yard. I’ve wanted one for at least a decade, and this was the year

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Using our imagination for better things than WORRY A little story from Carrie:  From the day my youngest daughter Anna was born, I have been

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Some things (like growing writers) take time Once I (Carrie) visited Red Butte Garden (this amazing garden in Salt Lake City) during the off season.

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There is little we can do to control the climate of the world right now, but still lots we can do to influence the climate

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We’ve spent the past couple of weeks encouraging writing friends to buy our Writing Station in the name of keeping young writers organized. And YES

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A very common mistake we see teachers and parents make is feeling responsible for figuring out what children are going to write about. From our

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