Writing - Parents Page

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Communication

The key reason for writing anything is to communicate with others, to stimulate interest or action from the reader. You may also use writing to help you to reflect on your experiences and learn from them. When someone communicates ideas in writing, they usually do so to express themselves, inform their reader, to persuade a reader or to create a literary work.

The importance of writing stems from the fact that writing is the major method by which communication has been passed on, history, record keeping, and how the art of writing began. However significantly we dyslexics struggle with these wired and wonderful markings, we cannot get away from the need to write.

 

We encounter writing every day of our lives, from writing a list of what to get done, to signing a birthday card in a meaningful way, leaving post-it-note to adjust a recipe to sending a party invite.  Writing is extremely important in today's society.

 

A simple trick to summarise the three main categories of author's purpose is to use the acronym PIE, which stands for persuade, inform and entertain. Although there are many reasons to write, to persuade, to inform and to entertain represent the three main forms of author's purpose.

Communication With Grandparents

Writing is more and more common among the older generation but some of us have made it into the digital age.  As we get older, many of us will lose the physical ability to type and the ability read small print eventually. Writing letters allows them to keep in touch with people who love them, and it means so much when you send them something in return. Thank you notes may be a dying are art but the pleasure of receiving one has not.

Why To Read To Write?

Everyone is limited in what they can accomplish without good reading and comprehension skills. Therefore, reading goes hand in glove with writing. It is important because it develops the mind. Teaching learners to read helps them develop their writing skills.

Reasons For Writing

The primary reason for writing anything is to communicate with others, to stimulate interest or action from the reader. You may also use writing to help you to reflect on your experiences and learn from them.  

 

A key way of assessing the progress and learning of students is via the written work the learner produces. When we write, therefore, we are either writing for ourselves or we are writing for others.

 

Writing entertains you and others, and having fun is an important part of good mental health. Writing is good for your brain, creates a state similar to meditation.

It will strengthen your imagination and compassion: these are key to feeling hope and joy to ward off depression. Writing helps heal and process wounds and grief, helping them to settle and hurt less.

Writing For Ourselves 

When we write for ourselves it helps us to think, learn and understand. Writing for ourselves is a private affair though it may be shared with others.

Benefits of Writing

Writing offers you time and space to re-draft and re-focus your message. In this way, perhaps, it is easier than spoken communication.

 

When speaking, you have to think of words and immediately release them to the audience, and once spoken there is no opportunity to 'edit' them before they are heard. 

 

Writing sometimes has more impact than other communication channels. Through writing, you can select language to influence the thoughts and actions of your reader in particular ways, guiding them through your evidence and argument to convince them of your analysis and conclusions.

Learning To Write With Dyslexia

If you have dyslexic then learning to write is going to an issue. I am not going to dress it up and say it will be easy because it's not. It will require some hard work and some personal fortitude on the part of the learner and a wealth of patience and understanding on behalf of the parent. An acceptance on both sides that the writing needs to happens is a start.

However, we are lucky to live in the digital age and we have some fabulous tools to help us. Don't waste time focusing on the handwriting - go straight to the keyboard and teach touch typing. As a NVQ assessor I cannot think of one job or industry that I visit that requires copper script handwriting. Sadly, parents I am going to persuade you that handwriting is a dying art to be confined to the past especially for dyslexic.

Dyslexic learners will need extra time and help to notice all the details in the sentence. Research has now shown that being able to type and word process takes a large amount of the stress out of writing for the dyslexic. Being able to adjust the sentences before it is printed is very helpful and the aid of spell checkers and grammar checker are invaluable if we are unable to do this for ourselves. 

If you are not an accomplished writer yourself, or lack the confidence to teach your dyslexic learner to write at home, or if you are not sure of the best way forward - then employing a specialist teacher may be the way to go for this part of the home schooling education you deliver.

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