I love to listen to little kids tell me creative stories. They have such imaginations and are not afraid to share their ideas.
Reasons to encourage your children to write creative stories?
I enjoy going to schools and reading to the children. It is fun to have a Young Authors Program where each of the students has an opportunity to write and illustrate their own stories. What does a child gain from an exercise like this?
- Writing gives a child an opportunity to express themselves while telling the story and illustrating the pictures.
- When writing a book of their own it gives a child a chance to exercise their imaginations and creativity.
- Reasoning skills, when writing the story they need to come up with a beginning, middle and the ending. By putting their ideas on paper it helps the child put the ideas together to make sense.
- Spelling! This helps the child put together the words spelling them properly, writing them and seeing them. This helps reinforce the skill.
- Grammar skills. Writing a story or a book helps the child use words in the proper format and order.
- Writing and finishing the project can give the child joy in the accomplishment.
- When the project is complete the child has a sense of pride in the finished book or story.
After reading books to a local school I enjoyed watching the excitement as the children went back to the classrooms to start their books. They chattered excitedly as they talked about their topics and what they would do.
The comments from the teachers afterward made me smile. Apparently, some of the classes were so excited about this Young Authors Program they wanted to start right away. They were even willing to skip recess.
If a child gets this excited over a project, real learning can take place.
Is it necessary to wait until a Young Authors Program comes to your school? This is something you can start with your own children.
Get them excited about reading and writing.
- Start by reading a book they would love.
- Talk about the book and how the author put the book together.
- Talk about the beginning, middle and ending of the story.
- Talk about the point of the story.
- Talk about the cover.
- Talk about a topic they would enjoy writing about.
These are just a few points on encouraging your child to write.
When I wrote my first book “Slippers for Hannah” I enjoyed the writing process so much. When the book was completed I sent a copy to my grandson in first grade. I gave it to him to take to his school and present it to the library to share with all of the students. His mom attached a note explaining his Grandma was the author and illustrator of this book.
He proudly took the book to the school. The teacher and librarian talked about how his grandmother was an author. They talked about what it would take to become an author and what an author did. They were then ready to read the story.
This is when my grandson raised his hand and said: “my grandma is an illustrator too.” The teacher began to explain what an illustrator was also.
You can imagine the pride that I felt over this little grandson recognizing I was an author and an illustrator. The funny thing is, this is when I realized it also.
Writing a story or a book can be very rewarding. Encourage your child to read and write. They will learn so much in the process.
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