Simple games and activities will help build writing skills from early fine-motor skills for small "scribblers" through middle-schoolers mastering cursive writing. Fifty-two activities are included with suggestions for each age group; perfect for using with multiple siblings! Conversational in tone, with anecdotes from the author's life, each entry provides a central theme, materials-needed list, "how-to" instructions, and age-appropriate variations. The clean organization and two-tone colored-chapters make for a book that's a pleasure to quickly browse through to find the activity you're looking for, and the thorough introduction to teaching writing will become a resource to get your kids started in the "write" direction. Some reproducible templates included. 224 pages, indexed, softcover.
How do you raise children who love to write? Jennifer Hallissy believes that if you give children a solid foundation of writing basics, they will develop a love of writing that lasts a lifetime. In this book, she shares the secrets for supporting young writers, from the smallest of scribblers to middle-schoolers mastering script.
You play an important role in nurturing your child's writing development. You are your child's first writing teacher, and their most important writing role model. From teaching your child how to hold a pencil and form the letters of the alphabet, to creating writing spaces and meaningful writing rituals at home, this book gives you all of the information and inspiration you need to raise a confident writer.
Fifty-two playful activities are presented as ways to invite your child to write. Each activity offers specific suggestions to meet the needs of Scribblers (pre-writers), Spellers (emerging writers), Storytellers (beginner writers), and Scholars (more experienced young writers)providing the just-right combination of fun and functional skill development.
The Write Start is a treasure trove of irresistible ideas that will help you introduce your child to the wonderful world of writing, now, and for years to come.
Jennifer Hallissy is a resourceful mom and a pediatric occupational therapist, with over eleven years of experience and a private practice in Port Washington, N.Y. She also works to further parents and professionals awareness of writing readiness through parent and teacher training, curriculum development, therapist mentoring, and consultation. She is a sought-after presenter of parent workshops and staff development trainings. A contributing writer for Family Fun
magazine, she chronicles her familys adventures on the road to writing on her blog, www.thewritestart.typepad.com
"Im already thinking how I can incorporate many of these ideas into my homeschooling."Adventures in Mommydom (Blog)
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