Your Child's Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age (Google eBook)
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - 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 themselves know much about writing or children's educational development. Allyn gives a timeline for children from the first year on, explaining what writing-related activities children can and should do (stressing throughout, though, that every child is different and that these are just guidelines--readers shouldn't panic if their children aren't there yet) and how parents can help their children's development as writers, including recommended activities and books for each stage. In fact, nearly every section offers a selection of books that parents can read with their children to encourage their development as writers. One thing that Allyn stresses over and over--with good reason, I thought--is the idea that parents must be supportive and patient with their children's writing efforts. She points out that early crawling, walking, and speaking attempts are applauded, but when it comes to writing the same understanding is often missing--children are told that their early scribbles "aren't writing" and often incorrect spelling, grammar, and usage are focused on rather than the achievement of the story and its ideas. She really draws a parallel between all these achievements, showing how a baby's babbling and a toddler's scribbling are equally valid steps in his or her development and should be encouraged. Later chapters give dozens of ideas for encouraging young writers, from suggestions on how to take advantage of different situations (such as "what to write when you are musical" and "what to write when you are nosy") to suggestions on how to help children write for school assignments (without writing it for them, alleluia!). Definitely a keeper.
Review: Your Child's Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every AgeUser Review - 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.
The Writing Pillars
How Your Childs Writing Life Works
Final Thoughts on the Five Keys
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
Nine Reasons to Compliment Your Child
Mastery Not a Mystery and Not a Misery
Calling in the Writing Doctor
Ages 7 to 12
Ages 12 and Up