22 Oct, 2018
If you think about it, children are some of the best storytellers of all time. They’re natural storytellers due to their big ideas and even larger imaginations. If you’ve ever watched a child play, you know that they’re doing much more than just building with blocks, molding Play-Doh, or coloring pictures. They’re internally creating stories around those blocks, Play-Doh, and pictures while building worlds and creating characters as they “play.”
Some children may grumble at the thought of writing but if you ask them to write without “rules” – meaning you hand them a blank sheet of paper and tell them to write about anything they want and to write it however they want — they’re more certain to be enthusiastic about it. The possibilities are endless. With that blank paper, who knows what will come out! The point is that it’s essential to get children as excited about writing as they get about reading so they don’t miss their opportunity to create with words.
Here are a few ideas to help get your children writing.
Stories have been around since the beginning of time — with pictures carved, drawings on rocks, and paintings on the walls of their caves. Almost every part of life involves stories: conversations we have with people, songs we hear, pictures we see, things we see on TV or hear on the radio — they all involve stories, one way or another. If stories are going to swirl around us every day of our lives and every day of our children’s lives, why not suggest that they start writing them down?
Even just a few sentences can be the start of “writing.” Make sure your children know that. Tell them that their words, long or short, mean something special. Their words are their thoughts, feelings, perspectives, and observations — everything about who they are.
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