People generally talk about reading and writing together. Certainly, many of the skills that make children successful at one make them good at the other.
For example, one important reading skill that benefits from writing practice is identifying details.
Parents should encourage children to provide details in their own oral and written stories. This will help them become more aware of the way other authors use detail.
One writing exercise requiring details is to have children give directions. Ask them to write very specifically how to get from home to school, or how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
When children write thank-you notes to friends or relatives, have them describe in detail the item and how they will use it.
Children can also take the clipboard along on family outings. Ask them to describe the “prettiest” thing they see on the trip, or the most “unusual.” Then challenge them to list as many details as they can, including shapes, colors, textures, and impressions.
One way teachers measure improvement in young writers is to look at their use of details. The same is also true for improving reading comprehension: details matter.