Like with any other interest or hobby, it's important to nurture a child's love of writing!
Here are five fun ways to fuel your kid's creative spark, and to foster the process of putting ideas down on paper.
1. Get the Tools!
Encourage the use of printing and cursive by presenting your child with a beautiful, bright notebook and pen; a cool set of writing tools can really amplify the creative process. Monogramming the journal adds a special touch, as would picking up gel pens in his/her favourite colour!
2. Get a Helpful Guide.
There's no wrong way for your child to write, but it's smart to provide extra guidance and support! Below are seven awesome books to help cultivate ideas, so be sure to stop in a nearby bookstore or your local library for these handy how-tos.
- "Leap Write In!: Adventures in Creative Writing to Stretch and Surprise Your One-of-a-Kind Mind" and "Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing" by Karen Benke
- "Unjournaling: Daily Writing Exercises that are NOT Personal, NOT Introspective, NOT Boring!" by Cheryl Miller Thurston and Dawn DiPrince
- "My One Line a Day: A Three-Year Memory Book" by Chronicle Books Staff
- "Basher Basics: Creative Writing" by Mary Budzik and Simon Basher
- "You Can Write a Story! A Story-writing Recipe for Kids" by Lisa Bullard
- "Young Writers Companion: From Reader to Writer" by Sarah Ellis
- "Spilling Ink: A Young Writer`s Handbook" by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter
3. I'll Write, Too!
If your child seems keen to write but struggles with starting or maintaining endurance, offer to write when they write! Sitting down together for an hour each week and chatting about topics, characters, and exciting plot twists might give them that little extra boost. So lead by example and work on a story while your child does, too... or co-write one!
Always remember, parent instincts are usually spot on. If you know your child just isn't getting it and their learning needs aren't being met, don't wait, contact us today for a free, no-obligation assessment and consultation. Invest today to get a head start on the upcoming school year.
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4. Make an e-Book.
Take tip #5 even farther and create an e-Book for your child's wonderful story! Publishing sites like Scribblitt and StoryJumper provide easy step-by-step instructions to creating an e-book, and offer the option to purchase hardcover copies when it's all done!
5. Sign up for Writing Connections!
Writing Connections at Halifax Learning focuses on increasingly complex components of the writing process, from drafting and punctuation to paragraph structure, editing and essay writing. As the student progresses lesson by lesson, like SpellRead, each concept inWriting Connections is fully mastered before the next one is introduced. Contact us today for a free consultation and assessment.
Or contact Eryn at the Halifax Learning for more information about our programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.