Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Ask Reading Kingdom: How Can Children Learn to Write Creatively and Maintain Structure?

As children learn to write creatively, they must maintain a delicate balance between structure and keeping the creative spirit alive. Shaun asks: How can children achieve the balance between creativity and structure with creative writing? Reading Kingdom founder Dr. Marion Blank answers: “This is a big question that requires a longer answer than we have space for here. But I…

Reading Needs Writing! A Vital, But Neglected, Message

Though decades of research, Dr. Marion Blank, the creator of the patented “6-SIM” Six Skill Integrated Method that is only available in the Reading Kingdom program, has found that learning to write is an essential part of learning to read – that when children can write effectively, they can read effectively, and that writing and reading are skills that reinforce…

Learn to read right: Learn to write!

Many Reading Kingdom subscribers note the emphasis placed on writing in our program. Some people ask us why a “reading” program would require so much writing. Well, the answer is that Dr. Marion Blank, the creator of the Reading Kingdom system, has found in her decades of research that learning to write is an essential part of learning to read…

Children’s Author, Susan Ross on Creating Picture Books

Hello everyone. I thought I’d use this article to answer some frequently asked questions at school visits. How did you become a children’s author? Over 20 years ago, I began telling storytelling and doing crafts with children at venues such as schools (when teaching), Western Fair, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, The London International Children’s Festival, etc.  One day, at the end of…

Resistance to Writing: What Is a Parent to Do?

“Journal writing”—an activity offered by whole language proponents as the way to stimulate “authentic” writing in children. The idea is that when children are given the opportunity to express themselves, their writing and their development will flower. Its rich promises and appealing rhetoric have led it to its wide adoption. So classrooms across the nation start off with a daily,…

Writing: Why It’s Up There with Reading

I have a love affair with reading. Not surprising—given the work that I have chosen to do. But I also love writing. For me, it’s a given that these two literacy activities work hand in hand. That’s why I set up my teaching programs so that from the outset, both activities are fostered. That has led me to be somewhat…