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December 30, 2010

"The Write Start" Review and Giveaway

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I couldn't put down my copy of "The Write Start" by Jennifery Hallissy. This book is perfect for parents who are trying to encourage and develop their young readers and writers.  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 (which leads to benefits in other academic areas too).

In this book, she shares the secrets for supporting young writers, from the smallest of scribblers to middle-schoolers mastering script.  Jennifer gives you tips and techniques to support each level of writing and she also gives 52 activities that are easily implemented at home, adapted to your child's level. It is easy to read and refer to. I found myself highlighting and bending corners that I knew I'd want to look at again.

I really enjoyed the chapter that gave different suggestions on how to help your child build their motor skills to get them ready to write.  I also appreciated specific examples she gave about how parents can model writing and thinking about writing in simple and effective ways.

The part that impacted me the most was when Jennifer said, "Believe it or not, there is a direct link between being able to access the ideas tucked away in your mind and being able to access your writing tools and materials." So true! I grab pads of paper all day long to jot down lists and other ideas but I don't make B's tools as accessible. Her list of a "writer's pantry" inspired me to upgrade B's writing box to a new, special writing area for where he can keep his different writing tools.  Since, then he's been writing non-stop! 

Overall, I think this book is an awesome resource for parents. I have been very encouraged and inspired by it and know you will be too.  You can pick up your own copy of "The Write Start" here.

Do you want to win your own copy of

How to Enter:
Leave a comment and let me know how you'd use this book.
That's it! One comment and you are entered to win.  


*This giveaway is open to US residents only.

**I will select a winner using random.org. Make sure your email is enabled in blogger or leave it in your comment so I can contact you.


The contest starts now and ENDS Wednesday, January 5th at midnight. The winner will be announced here and emailed (your email must be enabled in Blogger or in your comments). The winner must reply to my email within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.


I was sent a copy of "The Write Start" to review. However, these views and opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.




57 comments:

  1. I would use this book to give me ideas on how to help my son and daughter with their writing.

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  2. As a parent of soon to be four kids I would use this. Our oldest has dyslexia so reading and writing has been such a challenge for him. We have tried everything and this would give him one more tool to use. The younger ones would benifit from it also. Thank you!

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  3. My little ones love to be read to, but I'm at a loss as to how I can help them develop a love of writing, too. This book sounds like it has some great ideas on how to do just that!

    jess
    lilypotterknits (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. I'd love to use this book in our homeschool for inspiration. Thanks! kimberliecarpenter@gmail.com

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  5. I would definitely use it to help my kids and all my little nieces and nephews who are learning to read.

    iluvtennis2004@aol.com

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  6. I would use this book to help my three young children, but particularly my five year old boy right now. I love Jennifer's blog and am so excited to read her book!

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  7. I would use this book to inspire both my little one to be a lover of writing. I have always loved to write. I have volumes of stories I made up in middle school stored away. It is very important to me that my own children like to write as well. Thanks for sharing this resource!

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  8. I would love to read it so that I can learn how to help my children love writing like I do!!

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  9. I would love to read this book as I'm starting to teach my own little guy and expecting another soon. Homeschool all the way!

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  10. Oops, I forgot my email: shondaet@gmail.com

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  11. Oh my goodness, I would love to win this book! I would definitely love some ideas on writing for my daughter. She is obsessed with trying to write letters now and I even recently did a post asking for suggestions about what to do about it.

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  12. This book does sound very good, and I like anything related to instilling a love of learning in my 3 children.

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  13. I am a teacher and would love to read her suggestions for the different levels of writing. I have beginner writers to advanced level in my classroom.

    Renee.
    suzynae@tx.rr.com

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  14. I am a Kindergarten teacher and am constantly looking for new ways to teach and work with writing in my classroom. This book would help me continue to improve my writing program.
    mfugett@kokomo.k12.in.us

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  15. This would be my bedside book and i would use it by sharing ideas around.

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  16. I definitely have a passion for teaching reading & writing to my preschool group! I would use it along with other resources for my home day care kids.

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  17. This book sounds like a great addition to any bookshelf. As a mother of a 3 year old and a teacher I know I would find great ideas to implement at home and school. I love the writing nook idea for the house - it makes perfect sense.

    aracaunas.chic@gmail.com

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  18. This book sounds great! I would love to use it with my almost 6yr old!

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  19. I really want this book to use with my students and my own kids! I was actually eyeing it up the other day! So excited to see you post on it.

    amlafuria AT yahoo DOT com

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  20. I am a pre-kindergarten teacher, and I have some students who are very eager to learn how to write! I would use this book as a resource, so that I may introduce writing in a way that will encourage my students' interest and help them develop their writing skills.

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  21. I am a stay-at-home mom of an almost 3-year old and a 7 month old. I'm always searching for tips on how to make the most constructive use of our time while teaching them skills for the future. This books sounds great!

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  22. This sounds so beneficial! I would use this with my own children...and possibly if I were to return to the classroom there too.
    derekannette at gmail dot com

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  23. I would love this book. I would use it with my preschoolers, and also with my own three children.

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  24. I would love some new ideas to teach my three little girls more about writing. I find them writing more and more as now I have a place for them with writing supplies available for them all the time in our home. Thank you!! The book sounds wonderful!!
    erinropelato (at) yahoo(dot) com

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  26. i would love to use this to help my son read and write he is at that age where he is wanting to read and write on his own! this would help alot!

    monstersmommy021207@gmail.com

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  27. I am trying to introduce writing skills to my almost 3 yr old girl and this book sounds a great approach. and what a neat tip to keep the writing tools more accessible. johnson.dony@gmail.com

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  28. I would use this for my daughter and also for my students when I go back to work full-time as a teacher again. sepoen@hushmail.com

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  29. We are a home schooling family. Creative writing is one the subjects that is hardest to "teach". This book sounds like it would be a phenomenal help!

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  30. I would use this book to give me fresh ways to update our writing activities. BTW, this sounds familiar, like a blog I read sometimes. Pretty inspiring to go from blogger to author if it's the same person :)

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  31. I would read the books for ideas and pass it around to encourage others as well!

    Amy

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  32. I would love this for my boys. Joshua will be 5 in March and shows very little desire for writing. He does love books though. I think Nikolas, my 3 year old, is the opposite (of course). I would love to learn ways to encourage them both in their own ways.

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  33. I think this book would be a great inspiration for me with my Kindergarteners as well as my 2 1/2 year old daughter who loves to "write"!
    meganmconway@hotmail.com

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  34. I'd love to win this book to help my reluctant writer!

    Kathryn

    katisqueenie@yahoo.com

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  35. Wow, this book sounds great! I would love this book to use not only with my daughter but also use the knowledge in my preschool classroom to encourage writing!

    Ashley
    meandmarie18@gmail.com

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  36. I'd love to win this book! As a previous middle school English teacher, I'd love a "fresh" look at writing/reading for the younger crowd.
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    FontenotKat at gmail dot com

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  37. I would use this book as a resource and guide for my three year old son who just recently discovered the wonder of writing when he began to write his name for the first time.

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  38. Forgot to include email.... sueunf@yahoo.com

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  39. I would love to use the book for motor skill ideas for my children.

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  40. This book looks great! As a parent of a 4 year old just mastering letters and a 1.5 year old just thinking about scribbling, this is a good time for this sort of book :)
    theyoungns at gmail.com

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  41. I am thankful you let us know about this book. A love of writing runs all throughout my family and I had no idea I could be effectively encouraging my kids to explore this skill this early. I would love to have access to Hallissy's ideas and instructions.
    mbonasso@gmail.com

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  42. I am excited to use your ideas with my 12-month old! He is already scribbling so this book will help prepare me for what is to come! Thanks so much!
    jessicaequinn@gmail.com

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  43. My daughter is starting to read and write. This would be a great resource to help her!

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  44. This book would be an important tool for me with my two children. I have been trying to find ways to sneak pre-writing practice to my child and this would add many new dimensions to that.

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  45. Sounds like a great book!

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  46. I would love to use this with my three year old dd as we continue our home school journey.

    Katie
    aclassofherown(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I would love to use this book to help me prepare to teach my children. My little girl (who is 2) is already very interested in reading and I want to have writing come in a close second for her. How fun to help her create her own stories through writing. I am excited about this giveaway!

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  49. brandy.orndorff@gmail.com
    oops...for got the email address!

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  50. Sounds great! My kids could use some help in the writing department.

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  51. I teach PreK and wold love this book. I have kids just mastering their names and kids writing 3 word sentences. A good resource like this would be great!

    Mariah
    mgmiller2@gmail.com

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  52. This looks great! I would use this book to help my first-grade daughter with writing stories or journal entries. Her class at school doesn't do much writing at all, so she has been doing writing prompts and a diary at home.

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  53. I LOVE this giveaway! I have been looking for good writing tools and activities to vary the writing I practice with my 3 year old. I would love to add this as a teaching tool.

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  55. I would use this book to teach my daughter the joy in writing.

    eric_danielle at netzero dot com

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  56. I will love to larn something from this book. I love reading about Montessori and parenting!My daughter inspires me to learn how to understand her better.
    Patty

    casa_feliz@live dot com

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  57. I have 3 special needs kiddos, and I would really like to work with one of them on fine motor skills to learn to write.
    Amanda

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