The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories [NOOK Book]


How do you raise children who love to write? Jennifer Hallissy believes that if you give children a solid foundation of writing basics, they will develop a love of writing that lasts a lifetime. In this book, she shares the secrets for supporting young writers, from the smallest of scribblers to middle-schoolers mastering script.

You play an important role in nurturing your child's writing development. You are your child's first writing ...

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The Write Start: A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories

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How do you raise children who love to write? Jennifer Hallissy believes that if you give children a solid foundation of writing basics, they will develop a love of writing that lasts a lifetime. In this book, she shares the secrets for supporting young writers, from the smallest of scribblers to middle-schoolers mastering script.

You play an important role in nurturing your child's writing development. You are your child's first writing teacher, and their most important writing role model. From teaching your child how to hold a pencil and form the letters of the alphabet, to creating writing spaces and meaningful writing rituals at home, this book gives you all of the information and inspiration you need to raise a confident writer.

Fifty-two playful activities are presented as ways to invite your child to write. Each activity offers specific suggestions to meet the needs of Scribblers (pre-writers), Spellers (emerging writers), Storytellers (beginner writers), and Scholars (more experienced young writers)—providing the just-right combination of fun and functional skill development.

The Write Start is a treasure trove of irresistible ideas that will help you introduce your child to the wonderful world of writing, now, and for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

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“I’m already thinking how I can incorporate many of these ideas into my homeschooling.”—Adventures in Mommydom (Blog)
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For parents who want to help their children develop a strong foundation for writing, Hallissy, a pediatric occupational therapist, offers tips and activities to facilitate putting words on the page, including lists of materials that will spark children's enthusiasm. The majority of the book consists of 52 hands-on activities that family members can do together. Each activity includes instructions, a list of materials, and variations for different writing levels—Scribblers, Spellers, Storytellers, and Scholars. In addition, work sheets and customizable prompts can be found in the "Templates" section. Boxes offer further ideas to help encourage children to write at home, and Hallissy provides a list of writing resources for parents to consult.Verdict Parents or teachers looking for lesson ideas will find the activities and templates useful. However, because there is already a wide variety of books of this nature available, this isn't an essential addition.—Karen McCoy, Fort Lewis Coll. Lib., Durango, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834823211
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Trumpeter
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Hallissy is a resourceful mom and a pediatric occupational therapist, with over eleven years of experience and a private practice in Port Washington, N.Y. She also works to further parents’ and professionals’ awareness of writing readiness through parent and teacher training, curriculum development, therapist mentoring, and consultation. She is a sought-after presenter of parent workshops and staff development trainings. A contributing writer for Family Fun magazine, she chronicles her family’s adventures on the road to writing on her blog,
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    To The misson

    Where is chapter six?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    The Mission (Chapter 5)

    Half an hour after Jonathan woke up, everyone else woke up, too. And for an hour after that, they all went through grueling training that seemed to last forever. Jonathan saw that a few of the others seemed to find the training easy, about a quarter of them struggled just a little and it was hardly noticeable, many struggled a lot but kept pushing, and the rest tried to give up early. And now, they were fitted in training armor: Lightweight gray armor with stripes of black outlining the edges, there was one piece each to cover the shoulders, four tube-like pieces, one for each forearm and one for each calf, one piece for each thigh that looked like simply an enlarged version of the shoulder plates, and two pieces attached at the tops to cover the chest and back. All their codes had gone into a kind of shuffler, and two codes would come out to choose partners. Jonathan wasn't paying attention until Quiet, who he was supposed to call Quay, announced,"J6 and Q6." Jonathan gave a start, then looked around. Q6 had unruly black hair, not unlike Jonathan's before he cut it, blue eyes with a black stripe all the way around each, and a thin frame. Q6 was looking directly at him, like he knew who Jonathan was the whole time. They waited until the rest of the crew was partnered with someone, then Q6 glanced toward the sword fighting area. Jonathan was surprised. He'd been thinking of doing just that. Then, as if on cue, Q6 walked casually over. Jonathan could only follow. Q6 said as he walked up,"This is pointless. Why should we be training with weapons when the ship has built-in lasers to destroy the enemy for us?" Jonathan shrugged and replied,"I guess in case the enemy somehow boards our ship, they want us to be ready." Q6 just nodded and picked out a wooden sword with one edge. All the swords were wooden, the sharp edges curved and filled with a kind of ink that would show where the blow landed. Jonathan decided to take one with two edges. Q6 immediately spun and landed a blow to Jonathan's lower leg. If the sword had a sharp edge, Q6 surely would have cut clean through the armor. Then the thin kid–he couldn't be older than seventeen–turned to the side, somersaulted, and stood up to land another blow to Jonathan's neck, though he hit mercifully soft. They continued practicing, but the few hits Jonathan got on Q6 wouldn't have done much damage while Q6 would've killed Jonathan about twenty or so times. After the training session was lunch, and Jonathan scanned the cafeteria to find somewhere to sit. Most of the girls sat together, though F9 was sitting alone. All the jocks sat at a table. Some of the partners sat together. Jonathan noticed Q6 sitting alone, and went over to his table. "Hey," he said. "You have some pretty good moves. Pretty much destroyed me." Q6 was silent for a while, then said,"I've always had something of a skill with blades. I learned to hone that skill, and as you can see, I became almost unbeatable." Jonathan had laughed and agreed, and the two became friends and started hanging out. Q6 didn't really talk about himself, but he was still cool. He was fifteen, too, it turned out, just tall for his age. Then one day at lunch, D2 joined them with some other tough-looking guys. He pulled Q6 out of his seat and spat in his face,"Don't you ever try something like that again, punk!" He threw Q6 down and walked away. Jonathan looked at Q6 and saw him grinning. " he finally figured me out..." (to be continued, as usual...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Skytrs secret chapter fiver auhors note rate please

    Foxstar looked over at Skyflash. She was mewing to Badgerpaw her apprentice. "Hello Foxstar" Redflame mewed. She could trust her trustful deputy right? "I dont trust Skyflash" Foxstar confessed. "Why not Skyflash is a gret hunter friendly and really helpful" Redflame asked. "I think shes a kittypet too soft...." Foxstar mewed. "What! A kittypet wht makes you think that" he mewed. "As i said too soft i neveer really like kittypets anyways" Foxstar replied. "Well.. i trust her shes nice and i like her" Redflame mewed. "You what!" She asked "i like her theres nothing wrong with that is there" he answerd. "Redflame you got to be kidding me anyways go on a patrol do not take Skyflash with you im gonna squeeze it out of her one way or anither" she mewed... Foxstar heaed to star hole. She saw the vast moorland territory of CloudClan next to the twoleg place. "Oh boy" Foxstar mewed wen a patrol started over to her. It was FireClan. "Hello Foxstar looks like you caught as exploring new territory" ther new leader Bloodstr a mewed.. "wheres CloudClan" she asked. "They couldn't take it. Now its ours bette check cammp Foxstar" Bloodstar mewed. "Foxstar its FireClan taking over camp" Badgerw yowed panting. "Oh no you didn't" she warned. "No... time... to" Badgerpaw mewed. "They..... got.... me.....goodbye...... Foxstar....... im..........gone...." Badgerpaw fell a huge bute mark was on her neck. "You killed her you killed an apprentice" Foxstar gasped. She ran to camp. "Get out everyone get out we cant-" Skyflash was mewing when and cat atcked her. "EVERYONE OUT NOW FLEE RETREAT RUN SAVE THE KITS GET THE SUPPLIES NOW HURRY" Foxstar mewed. Suddnely Redflame fell infrount of Foxstar. "Fox...starr.......they got me......... they will get you too........ Skyflash shes good i can see a leaer in her all those times she lead a patrol all those times she help us. All those times she took charge when we couldn't...... shes a perfect leaderr. And i wann tell you something....... kittypets are not bad........ theres still good in the world........ i dont think you found it yet" with that Redflme died. Authors note Foxstr is a main charecter and i making a one calwd Foxstars Journy its about foxstar as she journ and youll discover what Redflames lat word really mean

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    fantastic resource to support budding writers

    Jennifer Hallisy, a pediatric occupational therapist, has written a wonderful resource for parents and early childhood educators entitled The Write Start. In an age of e-mail and texting, the focus on writing has shifted. However, encouraging our children to write gives them a freedom of expression not found elsewhere.

    I wasn't certain what to expect when I began reading the book. The fact that it was written by an OT gave me hope, but I prepared myself for an instructional guide of how to teach your child. Instead, I found a fantastic resource and was delighted with many of her projects.

    Hallisy speaks of the importance of play in a developing child and how it affects current and future writing skills. While I could disagree with her statement of the right way to write, her execution of supporting children as they explore both writing and themselves is unquestionable. Throughout the book, she shares wonderful ways to support children in their writing adventures, gives insight into child development as it pertains to writing, and shares numerous fun activities and ways to incorporate writing into your home and lives to support the budding writer in your family.

    Disclaimer: A complimentary cop was provided by Shambala Publications.

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