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Games for Writing

Playful Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Write

Peggy Kaye

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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ISBN10: 0374524270
ISBN13: 9780374524272

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240 Pages



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There are few skills more important for a child to master than writing—and none more difficult or fraught with anxiety. Peggy Kaye, renowned teacher and author of the widely praised Games for Math, Games for Reading, and Games for Learning, now gives educators and parents more than fifty ways to help children become skilled, confident, and enthusiastic writers.

The games are easy to play, requiring few or no materials, and are remarkably effective. Children will maneuver through mazes to improve their handwriting, learn the alphabet by baking pretzels, play rhyming games to stretch their vocabulary, and crack secret codes while practicing their spelling. While playing, they will develop the skills needed to write clear and lively prose.


Praise for Games for Writing

"Games for Writing is wonderful! I wish it had been around when my children were children, and I hope it will find its place in schools as well as with parents-children often complain to me, when I meet them on school visits, that they have a terrible time with story writing, and that it's such hard work. Well, it is work, but it can be a whole lot of fun, and this book would help them find that out."—Natalie Babbitt

"An extremely valuable resource."—Betty Holmes, Director, United Federation of Teachers, Dial-a-Teacher

"Kaye provides a bountiful supply of ways to ward off writer's block in young children. Her encouraging writing activities will help students in kindergarten through third grade enjoy the creative process and gradually master the skills needed for proficient, accurate authorship. She suggests starting kindergartners off with 'wribbling'—a writing method combining scribbling and writing; then she moves on to story maps, followed by word games. Obviously a great tool for teachers looking for an alternative to work sheets, the book will also provide summertime family fun. Some of these ideas would make great travelling games—and why tell the kids they are valuable learning experiences as well."—Booklist

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Peggy Kaye

Peggy Kaye is a reading and math tutor in New York City. She has a master's degree in early-childhood education from Columbia University's Teachers College and has taught in both public and private elementary schools.

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