Games for Writing: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Write

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A wizard at turning learning tasks into delightful games that leave children - and parents - clamoring for more, Kaye offers a wealth of activities covering every aspect of writing. Children will maneuver through mazes to improve their handwriting, learn the alphabet by baking pretzels, play rhyming games to stretch their vocabulary, and crack secret codes while practicing their spelling. Even the most hesitant young authors will warm to writing when creating menus for monsters, thinking up orders that parents ...
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Overview

A wizard at turning learning tasks into delightful games that leave children - and parents - clamoring for more, Kaye offers a wealth of activities covering every aspect of writing. Children will maneuver through mazes to improve their handwriting, learn the alphabet by baking pretzels, play rhyming games to stretch their vocabulary, and crack secret codes while practicing their spelling. Even the most hesitant young authors will warm to writing when creating menus for monsters, thinking up orders that parents must obey, and composing stories - long, long stories - on adding-machine tape. The games are easy to play, requiring few or no materials, and are remarkably effective. While playing, children develop the skills needed to write clear and lively prose. Better yet, they may discover a true love of writing.
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Denise Perry Donavin
Kaye provides a bountiful supply of ways to ward off writer's block in young children. Her encouraging writing activities will help students in kindergarten through third grade enjoy the creative process and gradually master the skills needed for proficient, accurate authorship. She suggests starting kindergartners off with "wribbling" --a writing method combining scribbling and writing; then she moves on to story maps, followed by word games. Obviously a great tool for teachers looking for an alternative to work sheets, the book will also provide summertime family fun. Some of these ideas would make great traveling games--and why tell the kids they are valuable learning experiences as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374160241
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.67 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy Kaye is a reading and math tutor in New York City. She has a master's degree in early-childhood education from Columbia University's Teachers College and has taught in both public and private elementary schools.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    Absolutely fantastic!

    Being a homeschooling mom with a preschooler and a 2nd grader, I'm always on the lookout for good one-on-one material. I picked this book up at the library and fell in love with it, read it in one sitting, and bought it the next week. The book is intelligent and fun, without an undertone of condescension that is so common with 'educational games'. They activities are brief enough to hold a child's attention, and although they build on each other (both from one section to the next and within sections), they are also flexible enough that one can pick and choose which activities to use, in which order. Peggy Kaye is brilliant, and I will use and enjoy her books for years to come.

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