Sometimes parents worry that they don’t know enough about writing to help their student. The great thing about IEW and Writing to Learn classes is that you will learn to write along with your student as you read the handbook pages, review the skills we are practicing, and act as a second pair of eyes for your student on each assignment.
Each assignment slowly adds new skills to the previously learned skills. Your job as the Parent Editor is to read the handbook pages so you know what the student is supposed to do. You will also make sure the work is being done according to the schedule that I have laid out for each of the nine days on the assignment sheet, so he/she doesn’t get behind, which is the WORST thing in writing. When your student brings the work to you as instructed on the assignment sheet, you will read over the paragraph and help correct whatever you notice is missing or incorrect.
It is WAY easier to catch someone else’s mistakes than it is your own, and you will be able to help. You may not catch everything, but that’s ok. The process of review and rewriting works wonders in a student’s writing skills.