How Reading & Writing Go Hand-In-Hand

How Reading & Writing Go Hand-In-Hand

by Kim Southwell, Ph.D.
Founder, Owner & Director
Reading Ranch Tutorial Center
www.readingranch.com

You don’t need fancy statistics to understand the importance of helping a child improve his or her reading skills. The acts of reading and being read to improve a child’s vocabulary, communication and comprehension, and open their imagination and eyes to the world around them.

I’d like to think the great folks here at The Reading Ranch®, in partnership with our many parents, deserve a pat on the back for all the hard work that goes into helping children succeed – now and for years down the road. But giving a child the best head start possible goes beyond the ability to read.

A solid foundation in early literacy is the ability to read AND write. A child’s literacy development is dependent on reading and writing. In fact, it’s long been said that the best readers make the best writers and the best writers are good readers. Why? Well, the ability to read, write, and comprehend creates the basis of all education and even career success. When interwoven, children learn about punctuation, storytelling, vocabulary, grammar, capitalization, sentence structure, and the ability to express ideas. Other intrinsic benefits include:

  • The ability to write their own stories
  • Improved penmanship and handwriting
  • Improved imagination, analyzation, and critical thinking skills
  • Language development and fluency

We are focused ONLY on early literacy for young students between Pre-K and fourth grade. That makes The Reading Ranch your only choice for laser-focused literacy support.

The Reading Ranch Writer’s Workshop
The Reading Ranch Writer’s Workshop provides an interactive approach that focuses on building the writing process by developing a student’s ideas and transforming them into a polished writing piece.

Penmanship & Handwriting
The Reading Ranch’s handwriting improvement program focuses on stroke development, legibility and appropriate spacing between words.

Modeled Writing
We sit around a circle with the children and use writing boards during a think-aloud strategy session. A Reading Ranch teacher will be jotting down students’ ideas using our writing wall. Since students struggle greatly with getting their ideas going, modeling the writing process is critical. Students need to visually see how writing is done. We take the time to discuss and problem-solve interactively.

Shared Writing
A Reading Ranch teacher will scribe the words but the students are now invited to contribute ideas while the teacher writes. Lots of discussions are taking place, and we encourage questions and provide answers. Think-alouds continue to be part of this shared writing session.

Guided Writing
A Reading Ranch teacher will provide feedback and redirect young writers using prompts and clues to expand their ideas and develop organization. Oral discussions of sentences will be discussed before writing. Small groups are encouraged for creative writing as many children struggle with formulating ideas. Teacher-student conferences are encouraged, and support is given in areas of struggle such as clarity, form, individual voice, and grammar.

Independent Writing
This is when a student writes fluently and makes connections while expanding their vocabulary and critical thinking. Students are encouraged to refer to charts and other materials to revise and edit composition. A child must also have time to share their writing creation. Not only will this step provide student recognition, but a chance to receive feedback.

The four stages of teaching effective writing (Modeled, Shared, Guided, Independent) is a gradual release from teacher-directed to independence.

Call The Reading Ranch Today at 214.436.5533!


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