16 Feb, 2019
When children first begin to write and put their creative ideas down on paper with words and art, those ideas are often disjointed. They scribble down thoughts and tear pages out of their notepads to work on something new. Their thoughts do not connect and their artwork may not match the words.
As they age, children begin piecing those random thoughts together and over time, they miraculously become stories.
On page 9 of Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! I entice children with these thoughts and questions:
“What unusual things can you think of that could make an imaginative story? Ideas can make impossible things seem real. New thoughts are interesting for others to read, and drawings can make them seem real. What unusual ideas do you have that would be fun to write about and draw for others to enjoy?”
My book is filled with thought-provoking questions such as these. In this case, I encourage you to read this passage to your child and work on a story with illustrations together, keeping one word in mind: unusual.
Unusual can mean mysterious or odd, but in this case, I urge you to tap into the other meanings of “unusual” in your child’s imaginations. Curious. Extraordinary. Unexpected. These are the inner workings of a brilliant story and who has more “unusual” thoughts than a child?
Because starting a story isn’t always the easiest thing to do, I came up with a few ideas to get your child’s creative juices flowing.
As children get older and become avid storytellers, blank pages can be overwhelming. Starting them early with these tips and any others you can come up with will build a solid foundation for your young writers. And it’s a skill they can carry throughout their life!
Happy Valentine’s Day,
Ruth A. Radmore
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