Spotlight on Algood Elementary School Writing Coach & Educator Beth Anderson

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This week on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show, join host Cindy Putman and special co-host Beth Anderson, Algood Elementary School’s Writing Coach as they discuss the power of writing to help kids be successful in all subjects in school.

Putman and Anderson both began teaching 24 years ago at Capshaw Elementary. As the AES writing instructor, Anderson works with all students and uses different techniques and strategies to help children foster a love for writing. Anderson offers these tips for parents to use to help their children write over the summer to stop the summer slide:

  1. Children must have words to use words so talk with, read to and engage children with written words from books and everyday life conversations.

  2. Pick a word and then discuss all the other words that you can use to replace that word (Example RUN - jog, scamper, etc.)

  3. Draw pictures and write a sentence to go with each picture-at the end of the summer your child will have a book about his or her summer break

  4. Provide a journal and encourage your child to write or draw about the most fun part of their day.

Journaling is a great tool to use to allow a child to express how they feel about the word around them. This tools helps a child with social emotional development. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a fancy journal. Make one out of folded paper or even purchase an inexpensive one at the Dollar Tree. Even a small spiral bound notebook can make a great journal! Kids love to share their stories so let them do an oral narrative to go along with their pictures.

Writing may feel unfamiliar to kids at first, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Look for writing opportunities in everyday life.

Some examples of everyday things kids can practice writing are:

  • Grocery list
  • List of Library books to check out
  • List of items to take to VBS, camp, or a sleepover
  • List of things your family wants to do during the summer break (for example: Go to the park, walk at Cane Creek, Play in the fountain at Dogwood Park, attend story time at the Putnam County Library)
  • Go to a PCSS Summer reading program

Helping your child increase his or her vocabulary will only make him or her a stronger, more confident writer. You can do this by reading to your child for about twenty minutes a day. Reading to your child 20 minutes a day increases their vocabulary and helps them build their word bank for their writing.

Anderson also shared some special stories about her granddaughters and the books they read together. She also shared about her father John Poteet, a natural born storyteller and the great impact he and her mother had on her life.

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Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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