Family Writes: Parenting with Pens, Pencils, and PCs

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Clinical psychologist Joel Epstein teams up with his mother, long-time educator Peggy Epstein, to offer parents an idea-filled handbook of entertaining writing activities for improving family communications at all levels. Each of the 77 writing projects is designed to help families communicate in a fun and playful manner, while at the same time learning to listen to each other’s thoughts and respect each other’s ideas. The emphasis is not on spelling, grammar, and handwriting (though this becomes part of the ...

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Overview

Clinical psychologist Joel Epstein teams up with his mother, long-time educator Peggy Epstein, to offer parents an idea-filled handbook of entertaining writing activities for improving family communications at all levels. Each of the 77 writing projects is designed to help families communicate in a fun and playful manner, while at the same time learning to listen to each other’s thoughts and respect each other’s ideas. The emphasis is not on spelling, grammar, and handwriting (though this becomes part of the fun), but on reinforcing kids’ ideas and how to communicate them effectively. Through writing, everyone in the family learns how to express their feelings to one another, resolve conflicts more easily, grow closer as a family, and get to know each other better. Better yet, families share time together and create lasting memories.

Parents who regularly seek out books on how to deal with their children, parents who are looking for better family communication, and even parents who are simply looking for good ideas for spending the proverbial "quality time" with their kids will love "Family Writes." The book is appropriate for families of any size who have children in grade school or middle school. Because children of these ages are learning vital skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives, this book provides an excellent way for parents to model patterns of healthy communication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933102061
  • Publisher: Capital Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2005
  • Series: Capital Ideas
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Epstein, Ph.D., is a research associate professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, a division of the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine. In 1996, he was selected by AV Video/Multimedia Producer for a "Top 100 Multimedia Producers" award, and in 1994 won the Outstanding Scientist Award from the Missouri Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Dr. Epstein is the author of numerous scientific articles and several interactive multimedia programs designed to teach young people about substance abuse. He lives in St. Louis, MO.

Peggy Epstein, a former language arts teacher with 25 years experience, was a regular presenter of workshops for parents and students. She writes for a number of children’s magazines in the Cobblestone Publications Group, as well as writing on-line lesson plans for parents and teachers who receive these magazines. She is the author of "Great Ideas for Grandkids" (McGraw-Hill, 2003). She lives in Kansas City, MO.

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Table of Contents

"FAMILY WRITES" - CONTENTS

Chapter 1 - Celebrate with Words New Year’s Day The Prediction Jar Letters to Yourselves Valentine’s Day Pair a Treat with a Valentine Message Puzzle Your Valentine Mother’s Day or Father’s Day Two-Way Scrolls Giant Personalized Crossword Puzzle Make a Memory Book Fourth of July Personal Declaration of Independence Sidewalk Story Thanksgiving Little Baskets of Thanks Thanksgiving Extravaganza Round-Robin Thanksgiving Messages

Chapter 2 - It’s All About Me The Toddler as Writer Official Birthday Writing Sample The Giant Birthday Book Journals, Journals, and More Journals Add-Me-Up Autobiography Hairography Pseudonyms, Serious and Silly Personal Profile Sheet I Used To … But Now I …
Thank You Notes

Chapter 3 - A Family of Wordsmiths Communication Tag Two-Way Journals (also called “Back and Forth” Journals)
Hypothetical Questions Wow! That’s Some Good Advice Age Poems Writer-of-the-Month
"I See, You See"
Family Ad Campaign Today’s Top Ten List Vacation Journals Family Newsletters The Multi-Caption Photo Adventure Family Trivia Board Game Family History

Chapter 4 - Take a Bite - Stop and Write Munching Memories Food Fight Neighborhood Recipe Book Raving Restaurant Reviews Become a Family of Consumer Watchdogs How to Make a PBJ The Great, Never-Ending Chili Experiment Guess What I Just Ate!
Eat Your Words! (an activity for beginning writers)
Menu Mania (version one)
Menu Mania (version two)

Chapter 5 - Pages and Pages of Sports Pages Fan-tastic Fan Mail Around the Diamond The Ultimate, Incredible Dream Play Play-by-Play by You Invent-a-Sport Super Sports Journals What a Good Sport!
Astounding Stories of Super Sports Heroes Prepositional Plays Become Experts on a Little-Known Sport

Chapter 6 - Just for Fun - Designing Your Own Activities Compromise Island Write Short Cut-Up Communication Pen-Pal Package Deal Nursing Home Narrations Party Plans
"Pre-Historic" Writing Party (pre e-mail, pre-telephone, pre-fax communication)
And a Final Idea: Find Out More about Writing and Writers

Chapter 7 - The Right Writer Writes Right - er, Make that Correctly And Parts of Speech Are Important Why?
Norbert the Noun Nerd Prepositional Pigs Super Bowl Special (Adjectives vs. Adverbs)
Vivid Verbs Who Invented Punctuation Anyway?
How Does This End?
Quotation of the Day Comedy without Commas: Who Said What?It’s (or is it “Its?”) True: Apostrophes May Disappear Organize That!
The Imaginary Toy Shelf Put THIS in Order Organization: Challenge Level Syl-lab-i-ca-tion

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