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This book, one of a series, focuses on ways to help children enjoy writing and use it as a tool to communicate with others and express themselves. The message of the series urges parents and children to spend time together, talk about stories, and learn together. The first part of each book presents stories appropriate for varying grade levels, both younger children and those in grades three and four, and each book presents stories on a particular theme. The Read-along Stories in this book are: "The Houses on Harmony Lane" (Lloydene Cook); "Sara's Discovery" (Nancy Brayton-John); and "Diamonds in the Rough" (Vivian Endicott). On an accompanying audiotape, the stories are performed as radio dramas, allowing children to read along. The second half of each book provides ideas and guidelines for parents, as well as activities and books for additional reading. This book includes the following topics: (1) why is personal writing important? (2) how can parents encourage their children? and (3) parent's role. It also includes suggested activities such as communicating only through written letters for a day, making books, writing down a guided fantasy, going to an author signing, and reading familiar fairy tales written from another viewpoint. Contains 31 references. (EF)

Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Elementary Education, Parent Role, Parent Student Relationship, Reading Aloud to Others, Reading Habits, Writing Attitudes, Writing Exercises

ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Indiana University, 2805 E. 10th Street, Suite 140, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698. Web site: Family Learning Association, 3925 Hagan St., Suite 101, Bloomington, IN 47401.

Autor: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.; Family Learning Association, Bloomington, IN.


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