Any Child Can Write / Edition 4

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Harvey S. Wiener shows how parents can encourage their children to write with a home program that can be used from preschool through high school. Beginning with the building of attitudes, Wiener moves through simple, varied and practical experience with the written word. By setting up an atmosphere in the home that encourages creative written expression, coupled with a parent's guidance in writing, children gain an outlook on writing that builds confidence in their abilities to use language.
This new edition addresses many heated issues about children's education and touches on today's critical debates: parents' roles in school preparations, the increased stress on writing assessment and performance measures throughout a child's education and across school sectors, and the debate over phonics. A revised and expanded section called "Key Books for Young Writers and Their Parents" will help any family stock its shelves with useful books for a home writing program.
A new chapter discusses the ubiquity of home computers and word processing programs and assesses their positive and negative influences on children's home learning experiences. In addition, Wiener describes how to find the best educational online resources and how to supervise a child's work on the Internet. Furthermore, he emphasizes the importance of collaboration—child and parent, child and sibling—to help avoid computer abuse and establish good computer practices. Finally, he integrates discussion on computers through the text, and also offers writing exercises and samples for children to obtain from Oxford's website.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Engaging.... [Wiener] makes the job a serious kind of child's play, with some of the gratification instant to both parent and child."—Christian Science Monitor (on previous edition)

"Absolutely the best book ever written, and quite possibly the best that ever will be written, on teaching children to write."-Mary Pride, author of The New Big Book of Home Learning (on previous edition)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195153163
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/15/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,262,833
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Harvey S. Weiner is Vice-President, Marymount Manhattan College, and author of Any Child Can Read Better, 2nd ed. (OUP 1996).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Second "R" 1
2 Notes, Signs, and Shopping Lists: How Can a Parent Help? 12
3 Experience and Creative Expression 33
4 Pictures, Words, and Sentences: Laying Foundations 41
5 The Senses at Play: Images as Building Blocks 60
6 Correctness, Part 1: An Outlook for Young Writers at Home 84
7 Correctness, Part 2: Word Games and Word and Sentence Craft 117
8 Snapshots of Special Places 150
9 One Person in the Floodlights 164
10 A Moment Reborn in Language 177
11 Adventures in Make-Believe 200
12 A Child's Message Through the Mails 218
13 Words in Focus: Creative Definitions for Your Young Writer 236
14 Language Singing: Your Child as Poet 250
15 A Report for School 276
16 Adventures at the Keyboard 300
17 An Afterword for Too-Busy Parents 318
App. A Fifty Ideas for Writing at Home 324
App. B A Parent's Primer on Correctness 327
App. C Key Books for Young Writers and their Parents 346
Index 355
About the Author 366
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