- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (February 6, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195153162
- ISBN-13: 978-0195153163
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 5.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Notable for a positive, upbeat tone and readable, informal style, these books, by the author of several other titles on language skills, will motivate, even inspire, parents to supplement and enrich their children's learning experiences. Unlike most recent home-learning books, Any Child Can Read does not cover reading drills, phonetics, sight vocabulary, or sounding out. Rather than urging parents to teach reading, Wiener addresses the ways in which they can help children perform the intellectual tasks involved in critical reading: understanding concepts and meanings, developing skills of inference, determining differences, generalizing, extracting information, and drawing conclusions. He includes a fully annotated list of recommended books for grades one through six with suggestions for talking intelligently with children about the books. This will be a valuable tool for parents, and teachers will find many suggestions they can use in the classroom. Any Child Can Write , a revised edition of a 1978 best seller ( LJ 6/15/78) now out of print, outlines a home program that encourages creative writing. Word games, sentence crafts, autobiography, poetry, narration, painting word pictures, letter writing, and preparing school reports are covered. Appendixes list 100 topics for writing, dictionaries and wordbooks for children, and language skill books for parents. Libraries with the first edition may not find it necessary to acquire this one, although it does contain some updated material. Concerned parents and institutions without the first should have it.
- Shirley L. Hopkinson, California State Univ., San Jose
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Engaging.... [Wiener] makes the job a serious kind of child's play, with some of the gratification instant to both parent and child."--Christian Science Monitor (on previous edition)
"Absolutely the best book ever written, and quite possibly the best that ever will be written, on teaching children to write."-Mary Pride, author of The New Big Book of Home Learning (on previous edition)
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I purchased this as a teacher resource alongside another curriculum, and it has helped me understand how to approach writing (and reading) from a written word perspective rather than just alphabet and phonics based instruction.
Recommended reading for parents and teachers - anyone who is wanting to help children learn to write.
I did not finish reading this book. In fact, I couldn't get much past the Introduction. I don't know if there's a gold-mine of great ideas in the remainder of the book because the earliest part of the book is so far out of step with the needs of parents today and what writing avenues are sensible for kids of today. I'm also skeptical that the author has any idea that some kids don't gravitate towards writing just because you had them help make grocery lists when they were 5. Some kids appear to have the genetic information from their father, say, who cannot write (handwriting), spell or compose in a legible, grammatically correct way, rather than having the genetic information of their mother, who wrote stories and poems at 11 years old. Just for a hypothetical, example.
It's unfortunate; I really wanted this book to be useful to me. The only reason I give it 2 stars and not 1 is because I didn't read the whole book, so perhaps it gets better later on.
Instead the author states: "A better synonym for creative writing is 'autobiography.' Those countless moments in an individual's life--brief, intense stretches of time--stud a child's day and glitter in his mind like diamonds long after the moments pass. By recalling those moments of experience through sensory language--specific, exact, sharply drawn--the young writer can practice the vital skills of writing. ...you should mine the riches of experiences in every child's world, riches for the pen or pencil to transform into record."
My children refer to the lists of tips I copied from "Any Child Can Write" as they write about their experiences, or a book they read, or a painting they studied. The lists help them write a description of a place or person or event. They also use more descriptive vocabulary as they write about a photo to place in their scrapbook. We find our writing has improved from our time with Mr. Wiener.