Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parent's Guide

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Da Capo Press, 1998 - Education - 320 pages
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Here the nationally acclaimed educator who transformed the way our children learn to read and write in school shows us how to nurture our childrenís imagination at home, from the earliest days of babytalk to the time when we see them off to school. Drawing upon her influential philosophy of active learning, as well as her personal experience as a parent, Calkins shows parents how to stimulate curiosity and spark creative thinking in children. Having an open and creative approach to conversations, chores, and games can matter just as much as reading, writing, and math. And even in traditional skills like reading and writing, we need to encourage our children to read for meaning and write for expression, rather than focus only on mechanics like phonics and spelling.By giving parents new and imaginative techniques for educating children, and by providing them with an insiderís view of what goes on in the early grades, Raising Lifelong Learners creates the ultimate partnership in learning between home and school, parents and teachers.

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User Review  - Alanna - Goodreads

I was observing in a classroom and the teacher mentioned using Lucy Calkins approach to reading and writing. I had never heard of her before. I'm excited to read this book and glean insights from her. Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

I'm really enjoying this book so far...I love the suggestions she gives for encouraging your children to love reading and writing. The advice she gives on the importance of play for children (and how to best faciliate their play) is my favorite chapter so far. Read full review


Talk The Foundation of Literacy
Reading Aloud An Apprenticeship in the Literate Life
Early Writing Growing Young Authors
Early Reading First Things First
Playing Well Building Cities Out of Blocks and Finding Worlds in the Backyard
Helping Children Develop Good Work Habits Hobbies Projects Chores and the Lessons They Teach
Reading and the Middle Childhood Years
Writing and the Middle Childhood Years
A Lesson Without Words
How to Pick a Preschool or Kindergarten
What You Should Know about Your Schools Curriculum
Reading An Essential Part of Your Childs School Day
Testing and Assessment in Classrooms Today
Building a Partnership with Your Childs Teacher
The Importance of Parent Involvement

Finding Our Way Through Todays Math
Helping Children Develop the WideAwake Curiosity of Scientists
Social Studies People Places Dates and a Habit of Mind and Heart

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About the author (1998)

Lucy Calkins is the author of the bestseller, The Art of Teaching Writing (250,000 copies sold). Professor of education and chair of the Department of Languages, Literature, and Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, she is the founding director of the Teachers College Writing Project.

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