Minimum abilities for starting Paragraph writing

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I am new to this curriculum. My question has to do with my 1st grader. What is the minimum skill requirements? Should she be able to write sentences or spell simple words? I am also working with my 5th (essay) and 6th (paragraph) grader as well.

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Hi Jennifer, Thank you for posting! It is a very important question, and I know others have had the same question. When do you start to teach writing? How do you know your child is ready for instruction? As a co-op teacher, I welcomed Kindergarten and first-grade students in my class who were not able to write their name. I knew that the student would require a little extra attention but that they would blossom as confident writers enjoying the writing process under the Here to Help Learning program. The key is honoring the normal growth and development of a young writer and pacing with their emerging abilities.

Writing Milestones • Scribbling, drawing lines and shapes • Writing wiggly or backwards letters • Writing letters-upper and lower case • Dictating words, sentences, and stories • Writing words • Writing sentences • Writing paragraphs • Writing essays •Writing a thesis or dissertation

Here are my recommendations for those students who are not physically writing yet: 1. All students should have small amounts of daily instruction in handwriting, spelling, and grammar. ( If you need suggestions, please see HTHL's Pinterest Board. 2. Participate in Here to Help Learning's Writing program. In the beginning, the student may dictate the story to the parent. Your student will learn a framework for writing as he/she grows in skill. Learning to write requires organization of thought as well as physically being able to write. Coupled with HTHL's playful approach to the writing process, young students make gains in their ability with ease. 4. Add lots of smiles and celebrate each writing milestone achieved.

Let's keep the conversation going! Did I answer your question? Maybe there is a new question. Does anyone have additional input? Blessings! Beth

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Jennifer, First, fifth, and sixth grade! You are a busy mom. Blessings to you! HTHL Member, Andrea Patton in the "co-op section" of our forum had some good input from her experience. Look under the post... "Teaching Multiple Levels at the Same Time" If anyone can add to the post, I know it will be helpful to all! Blessings! Beth

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