Ways to strengthen your child's writing skills:
    1) Encourage your child to use our Step-Up to writing skills:
    *this is the T-chart format that your child should be using in his or her writing* 
    2) Write for a purpose! 
    *Encourage your child to keep a trip journal, garden journal, daily journal, write e-mails or letters to friends and/family, or write to a pen pal regularly.
    Click on the following link for over 300 creative writing prompts:
    *Your child can also write a book report at home to share with the class.
    Here are some great sample sentence starters:
    I think
    I love the way
    I can't believe
    I wonder why
    I noticed
    I wonder
    If I were
    I'm  not sure
    I felt sad when
    I like the way the author
    I wish that
    This make me think of
    I was surprised
    It seems like
    3) Use a checklist when writing:
    Here is our grading scale for the year: