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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
No, Ms.Read more ›
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This book is full of wonderful ideas to get the creative writing juices flowing. The author's enthusiasm for writing clearly comes out and is inspiring. Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by S. Hinkle
This phenomenal book is packed full of gems. Pam writes with wisdom, compassion, respect, and humor--the kind of writing that sucked me in from the first page. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Renee
While I am not a parent, I think that Your Child's Writing Life would be immensely helpful to parents who wish to help their children grow as writers but aren't sure how. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Reader
Words are postage stamps...delivering the object for you to unwrap." ~ George Bernard Shaw
I love Pam Allyn's books because they are the kinds of books you want to read,... Read more
Loved this book. Being the parent of a four year old, I felt like this was perfect timing for us. But she actually gives you practical steps to foster reading and writing starting... Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by Carina Lawrence
I don't actually have any children at this time, nor do I plan to in the immediate future. I will someday though, so I accepted this request for review, especially since the... Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by Chelsey Carter
Since I have a 4-years old son, I was excited start reading Your Child's Writing Life and hoped that it would be useful reading and that I could learn a... Read more
Your Child's Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age by Pam Allyn is an excellent resource for parents who are looking to cultivate their... Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Lindsay Roth
I agreed to read and review this book because a couple of my kids love to write and one absolutely does not. One of my kids wants to write books and is working on his first novel. Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by Aimee Brown