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The Write Start

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The Write Start

A Guide to Nurturing Writing at Every Stage, from Scribbling to Forming Letters and Writing Stories

By Jennifer Hallissy

Trumpeter, Paperback, 9781590308370, 226pp.

Publication Date: December 28, 2010


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.

About the Author
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 family's adventures on the road to writing on her blog,

Praise For The Write Start

“I’m already thinking how I can incorporate many of these ideas into my homeschooling.”—Adventures in Mommydom (Blog)