Your Child's Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 2, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages
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An illuminating, first-of-its-kind resource to help parents foster a love of writing in their child's life.

New educational research reveals that writing is as fundamental to a child's development as reading. But though there are books that promote literacy, no book guides parents in helping their child cultivate a love of writing. In this book, Pam Allyn, a nationally recognized educator and literacy expert, reminds us that writing is not only a key skill but also an essential part of self-discovery and critical to success later in life. Allyn offers the "the five keys" to help kids WRITE-Word Power, Ritual, Independence, Time, and Environment-along with fun, imaginative prompts to inspire and empower children to put their thoughts on the page.

A groundbreaking blueprint for developing every child's abilities, Your Child's Writing Life teaches parents how to give a gift that will last a lifetime.


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I loved the chapter with writing prompts! - Goodreads
I'm a writer, and I've always had a huge imagination. - Goodreads
I can remember in school writing was a chore for me. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - beckymmoe - LibraryThing

This was an excellent book written to encourage parents to help develop their child's inner writer, with tips for every age from birth on up. It is very accessible, even to parents who don't feel they ... Read full review

Review: Your Child's Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age

User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

Useful information about children's writing development, with specific ideas for age groups pre-school and up to help advance skills. I'm buying a copy to have on my parenting shelf at home. Read full review


The Writing Pillars
How Your Childs Writing Life Works
WWord Power
RReading Life
Final Thoughts on the Five Keys
Age Seven
Age Eight
Age Nine
Age Ten
The Ladder Continues
Trust Your Child
When Writing Feels Hard for Your Child
How to Respond to Your Childs Writing Life

Top Ten Stages of Writing Development
Birth to Age Two
Ages Two and Three
Age Three
Age Four
Age Five
Age Six
Nine Reasons to Compliment Your Child
Mastery Not a Mystery and Not a Misery
Calling in the Writing Doctor
Emerging Writers
Ages 7 to 12
Ages 12 and Up

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About the author (2011)

Pam Allyn is the executive director of the literacy organizations LitLife and LitWorld, and has received the Disney Points of Light Foundation award among others. She is the author of What to Read When. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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