Wednesday, 30 July 2014
creative writing for children
Encourage copying, I hear you say, shock, horror! What is the woman talking about?
But think about it for a moment:
* It helps them find a preference for a writing style - they obviously choose something they're drawn to and this will help develop their own voice
* It teaches them about sentence structure, grammar and spelling - even if the kids aren't consciously aware that this is going on in the background
* It introduces a wider vocabulary than they would normally use
* It helps them learn about paragraphing, the next stage on from writing purely in sentences
* It helps with pronunciation as they read their work aloud to you and stumble across unfamiliar words
* Sophie says that she can also make up her own words sometimes and add them in, which I'd say is a great step in my first point, helping to develop their own voice (this has happened in her adaptation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
I'd love to think we have children out their preparing to become the voices of digital natives - those who have been brought up in the age of the internet. This is just one of many ways we can add to their toolboxes. I'll discuss more as time permits.
How do you encourage children to write, either your own or others?
Are you a giver of books, a teller of tales, a writer of stories?
What tips do you have to share?