I sent a writing topics sheet home with a letter asking parents to fill in a writing topics sheet with their students (second graders). The topic sheet is two-sided and was a catalyst for writing ideas for journal time--people I know, places I've been, etc. The letter said specifically for parents to do the writing for their child or to have children copy parent's writing so the words were printed (instead of written in cursive) and spelled correctly. Three children returned the sheet with only one side completed. One child's was written in cursive. Two wrote their own ideas with no parent help so words were misspelled and illegible. I'd like to send home another letter and topic sheet and hi-light "both sides" or "printed" or "spelled correctly" and have those parents redo the sheet correctly with their children. What are your thoughts? Should I just do it myself, take time to do it with the children, or?? It's difficult to teach children to follow directions carefully when their parents don't, but I don't want to seem rude to the parents.