Your Child's Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age
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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.
love it. Put her new words into a “word box.” Every now and then, take out the cards and read them together, savoring each and every moment of this newness. The same is true of the drawings your child does. Keep a binder or scan them into an online scrapbook. Ask your child, “Tell me the story of this picture.” Then write it down on the back or at the bottom, so your child can see that words go with pictures. Your two-year-old’s pictures may not look like stories or even images at this stage!
objects (maybe circles with arms and legs for people, or an approximate shape for an object) Scribbles that don’t look like letters, but approximations of what they think letters look like Great Writing Activities for This Age Side-by-side writing Story starters Oral storytelling Creating a picture dictionary Creating an alphabet chart Name writing Making shopping lists together Great Books for This Age These books will inspire your child to observe and celebrate the world, and
the Internet Great Books for This Age These are by and about some of my favorite poets to inspire writing in all genres. Honeybee by Naomi Shihab Nye Salting the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young Poets collected by Naomi Shihab Nye Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers Poetry for Young People series The Ladder Continues As your child enters her teens, continue to give her gifts of words every chance you get. Tuck a poem into her birthday card. Introduce her to contests such as
writing a letter is you’ll get one in return. When you write your letter, make it somehow unexpected—pick out unusual stationery (Is your letter written on the back of a comic book? On a newspaper?) or paste images from magazines onto standard white copy paper. Tell your friend a story, or ask about his day. Make your letter something to look forward to, and you’ll most likely get a similarly fun one in return. E-mails are also best when you think about what kind you would like to receive. Short
advice from authors and celebrities. Hunt through ancient history, the medieval ages and 1940s Hollywood. You could zoom in on one topic: maybe you need good advice for an aspiring dancer? You could also write a short story about the fallout from someone ignoring a piece of good advice. Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay said, “I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” Read: Zen Shorts and The Three