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2.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful for homeschoolers and reads like a thesis., May 21, 2010
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This book provides general guidelines for school teachers on how to start a writing program in the classroom or for teachers looking to try a different teaching approach. The first few chapters are devoted to proving, with academic citations and several pages of student samples, the benefits of a writing program tailored to the abilities of younger children. This is not a new idea; Montessori preschools have been teaching young children to write before they can read for decades. Excluding the thesis-like chapters, the author's teaching advice could have been condensed into an on-line article or a FAQ pamphlet. Although the author has a few creative ideas on how to encourage writing in a classroom or group, she emphasizes journal writing and/or drawing. Even with the author's recommendation of ignoring punctuation and spelling, my son dislikes journal writing--so this book was of no help to me. The only tip I found in the book for a reluctant writer was on page 32--"go back to your desk and think a while;" the author claims students are usually motivated by seeing his/her peers writing in their journals and will think of something to write unless they're feeling sick. This might be true for group writing, but does not help tutors or home-schoolers working with students one on one. Another problem--there's no index.
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