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How to Maintain Sharp Writing Skills

Regardless of whether or not your child wishes to grow up and write the Great American Novel, it’s essential for all students to maintain sharp writing skills throughout the durations of their academic years and into their future careers.

Writing is used in a multitude of settings, especially in a world in which email is often a main means of communication for individuals in their various careers. Thus, not only will maintaining strong writing skills be useful to students during elementary, high school, and college, but doing so will also benefit them in their future pursuits, as well.

Quality writing doesn’t necessarily come solely from academic papers and essays. In fact, students can continue and even improve their abilities to bring words to life on paper through more creative and personal forms of writing.

Journaling — Consistently writing in journals allows students to develop and refine their own unique writing styles without the pressures of being graded on mechanics. Instead, they are able to focus on their thoughts and develop appreciations and joys for writing. Over time, those grammar and sentence structure skills students have already learned in school will continue to improve, especially with consistent practice.

As a bonus, in addition to the educational benefits, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center, journaling can also help individuals reduce their levels of stress and manage any existing anxieties they might be facing.

Creating scrapbooks and photo journals — Scrapbooks tell stories, and placing memories on tangible pages and creating brief descriptions of what’s occurring in the various photographs allows students to tap into their creative skills to tell these stories. In doing so, they’re able to build upon their writing skills through the planning and execution processes before then putting their grammar and spelling abilities into practice as they double-check their work that will be featured in books meant to be seen by many eyes.

Communicating with pen pals — When students have other individuals with whom they regularly communicate via writing, they are able to hone their writing skills by turning their thoughts into words on paper (or on the computer screen). Students write with meaning and senses of purpose. They’re also able to feel more connected with their writing, as it’s a bit more personal and geared toward very specific audiences, and to proofread it for proper spelling and grammar.

Many teachers still incorporate the practice of writing letters to pen pals into their classrooms, allowing their students to connect with peers across the nation or sometimes even across the world. As always, it’s important to monitor students’ communications with these pen pals and also ensure they are not disclosing personal information.

Giving homemade cards for birthdays and holidays — Similar to letters sent to pen pals, homemade cards for special occasions also carry personal significance for those who make them. Having students create cards for others and include personalized notes to the individuals receiving them enables them to construct appropriate messages for their friends and once again focus on using correct grammar, spelling, and syntax in doing so to make sure they are as flawless as they can be for the intended recipients.

Reading more often — Reading consistently helps students gain knew perspectives and knowledge and also grasp better understandings of language and vocabulary. They are able to familiarize themselves more with how stories are told and how ideas are put together into meaningful works. Actor, writer, and film producer Steven Wright once said, “It usually helps me write by reading — somehow the reading gear in your head turns the writing gear.”

All of these activities can help your child develop a deeper vocabulary and be more capable of transferring his or her ideas into comprehensive words both in the classroom setting and in future career opportunities. Whether it’s through writing assignments focused on more specific academic subjects or sillier and more creative tactics, the more your child is writing, the better.

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”