Date of Award

Spring 1995

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Robert B. Ribble

Second Advisor

Patricia E. Baker

Third Advisor

Patricia E. Baker


Parents are a child’s most important teachers. Well before beginning formal education, children begin to learn how to perceive the world through guidance by their parents. This is a handbook designed to help parents support their preschool and elementary school children learning how to write. The handbook explains the writing process and how schools use certain techniques to develop it within the student. Tips for writing development and a list of possible assessments are provided. The author includes a number of activities which can encourage writing, including the use of wordless books, letter magnets, and sidewalk chalk. The author provides suggestions which can help make the most out of parent-teacher conferences regarding writing. Finally, the author provides a number of tips to ensure that parents encourage and not discourage their children’s writing development.