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Your Child's Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age Paperback – August 2, 2011

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"Wonderful...More than a book, it's a brass 'compass' to great children's literature."
-Jim Trelease, author of "The Read-Aloud Handbook"

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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  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Such a simple idea. Writing will make our children better readers. Of course, reading makes them better writers, but how often do we consider the reverse?

I'm not sure how I ended up buying this book (I can't be the only person on Amazon late at night who clicks "one-click" buy a little too eagerly, right?) However it was that I ended up ordering this book, it ranks among the elite of the dozens and dozens of parenting/educating kids books I have read over the years.

I am mother to a 6 and 4 year old, and we read together all the time, and our house is overflowing with gorgeous picture books, chapters books, and we listen to audio books in the car. The written (and, I suppose, spoken) word fills much of our days. Telling me how valuable reading is for children is preaching to the choir.

Yet somehow, and again, I bet I'm not alone, I hadn't really considered building "writing" time into our everyday repertoire in the same way. I'm not sure why. Both of my children do "write" by Ms. Allyn's definition (which includes narrative drawings :) ). But I've never made a conscious effort to work it into our day more, and frankly, I'm not sure I would have known where to begin.

If you feel that way, just wait until you get to the chapter where Ms. Allyn addresses how to teach writing to each age group -- starting at 2 years old!

This isn't a book about handwriting or punctuation or other technical aspects of writing, although Ms. Allyn makes a strong argument that once children understand how punctuation, for example, adds pauses or excitement to a story, they will naturally begin to use it on their own.

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