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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583334394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583334393
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pam Allyn is the executive director of the literacy organizations LitLife and LitWorld, and has received the Disney Points of Light Foundation award among others. She is the author of What to Read When. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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I highly recommend picking this book up.
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Pam Allyn creates a wonderful resource for parents to encourage and foster a love of writing in children.
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I think this is a great book, full of help and ideas for everyone to get writing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Loving Mommy on August 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
In this book, Pam Allyn talk about various stages in your child's development to watch for and how to help nurture your child's writing. I love how Allyn tells you how to help in all the stages of the writing process. It helps parents realize not only how important writing is for a child but how to help encourage them and help them.

I loved the chapter with writing prompts! They are perfect for my kids homeschooling career! It is a huge help to have whether you homeschool or just want to help your child after school and in the summer. Allyn encourages you to also have a cozy and comfortable environment for your child so he or she can sit and write whenever they want about whatever they want.

Since my 8 year old does not enjoy writing at all at this point in his schooling, I found this tips in this book amazingly helpful. She answered questions for me like "why is writing important for my child at this age or that age" and also when and why a parents involvement in important. I never know when to jump in and help and when to just let my son work through it. Also, her emphasis of the "five keys in order to be a forever writer" were extremely helpful and I loved the idea of a "word jar". I actually can't wait until Sept. to start using all the hints on an every day basis for school.

Allyn's advice on not to put too much emphasis on the writing mechanics and spelling, especially in younger children, was especially helpful to me. My daughter is 6 and is a very advanced reader but only one grade ahead in spelling and grammar. When she writes I constantly want to correct her spelling and grammar. Bad spelling is a huge pet peeve of mine so I have learned to back off a little.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on August 7, 2011
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One of my goals as a parent, aside from the obvious of keeping my child from swallowing anything dangerous or becoming a criminal mastermind, is fostering a strong sense of creativity within him. I'm a writer, and I've always had a huge imagination. It's allowed me to explore worlds within my mind that no one else has ever visited before, express myself more clearly, and of course, pay the bills. I want him to know what it's like to be able to create something from little more than a few thoughts floating through his mind. As a highly imaginative child, he's already halfway there. Now, I just need to help him learn to get it down on paper.

Your Child's Writing Life by Pam Allyn is a great resource for helping with that second part. Allyn starts the book with a tearjerker story about a little girl who wrote about her dream for a birthday party (she'd never had one), and uses that to launch into an explanation of why your child needs a writing life. From there, she helps parents understand the benefits of encouraging children to write, and how to go about giving them the tools they need for success.

I love how this book is set up. Each section starts with an intro, followed by an easy-to-follow list, then more detailed information about the list. I am a huge fan of bullet points, especially when I'm trying to read while Jake is playing outside or otherwise distracting me. According to Allyn, your journey to encourage your child's writing can begin the moment they come out of the womb and continue throughout early childhood, which makes this a great resource for both new parents and seasoned veterans. For each age, Allyn gives plenty of tips designed to foster reading and writing skills, along with suggestions on different books to read and activities to try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Stone on August 5, 2011
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Pam Allyn creates a wonderful resource for parents to encourage and foster a love of writing in children. We focus so much on reading as one of the critical skills children need and many times we put writing on the back burner. Just as children need to practice reading to improve their reading skills and vocabulary so do children need to practice writing and Allyn emphasizes that these two are intertwined. "Reading and writing are inextricably connected in ways that current research in education is showing to be more remarkable than we've every understood before. It is a constant circle and we are often missing half of it. A child who reads regularly is a better writer. A child who writes regularly is a better reader." p.9

Allyn discusses why writing can be so good for both child and parent, the skills children need to develop to become wonderful writers and she creates the perfect acronym to guide you, "WRITE: Word Power, Reading Life, Identity, Time and Environment." p.34 Each age group to age 10 are listed and include what to expect from their writing, writing activities as well as recommended reading. A very helpful chapter includes strategies for solving problems such as frustration and resistance. The books is extremely in-depth and full of helpful information and resources.

Allyn creates such a positive book to promote and help parents nurture writing in their child's life that this is a must have for ALL parents.

"But children especially love, love the power of words and stories. And they are, so naturally living a writer's life. A life of observation, of wondering, of memory and imagination. A life where by writing down something, you can make it happen." p.2

Parents tap into your child's creative energy and encourage them to bring their world to words and paper.
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More About the Author

Pam Allyn is the Executive Director and founder of LitWorld, a global organization advocating for children's rights as readers, writers and learners. She is also the Executive Director and founder of LitLife, a national organization dedicated to school improvement. She is the author of the acclaimed and award-winning What To Read When: The Books and Stories To Read With Your Child-And All The Best Times To Read Them (Penguin Avery). Her most recent book is Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys: How To Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives (Scholastic). Her forthcoming book Your Child's Writing Life (Penguin Avery) will debut in August 2011.

Pam is widely known as a motivational speaker advocating for reading and writing as human rights that belong to all people. Her personal quest to bring literacy to every child stems from a deeper desire to bring dignity to every child, and to empower children to read and write powerfully, effectively and with passion in ways that will change their worlds and the worlds of others. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Oprah Radio, The Huffington Post and in The New York Times.

Pam is on the English Language Arts Scope and Sequence Advisory Group for the New York City Department of Education, and the Advisory Boards of the Dream Charter School in Harlem, the Amherst College Center for Community Engagement, James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead, Penguin Publishing's We Give Books and the Millennium Cities Initiative Social Sector.

Visit pamallyn.com for more info on Pam's work.

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