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

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Full of Inspiration

    Every parent wants their child to be successful and happy. Reading and writing are essential to success in school and beyond. How can we as parents help our children to not only become good writers but to love it also? These are some of the issues that this book addresses. This book is written in a clear style with many easy to understand concepts to help your child grow in writing through all ages. Starting with scribbles as a toddler, helpful ideas are given to recognize different developmental stages in writing. Ways to make writing fun and rewarding for children are also included.

    I found myself brimming with ideas after reading this book. The parts I found most helpful were the lists of books to cater to each developmental stage and the different prompts given. There were so many amazing ways to include writing in your everyday life. This can keep kids interested and help them see how important good writing skills are. I also love that the author embraces new technologies in helping kids learn to love writing. While it is important to learn to write letters and such, technology can help increase writing skills too. We would do well as parents to allow our children to discover what's comfortable for them.

    I think that parents and even teachers could stand to learn a lot from this book. There are so many great ideas to not only help your child, but also to help you get involved in your child's writing. From whimsical fairy tales to serious essays, ideas to help children with expressing these thoughts are all covered in this book. I hope that I can take what I learned and help my child to become a confident writer as he grows.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

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    A Mom's Choice Award Recipient!

    Your Child's Writing Life is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    Great guide for parents of any child

    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.

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