“Writing is an extreme privilege but it’s also a gift. It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone.”
– Amy Tan
Children are born story creators and story-tellers. They are blessed with vivid imaginations, notions and expressiveness. They know the art of pouring it all in their stories. But when it comes to capturing it all on the paper, it isn’t easy for them!
Children’s favourite magazine, iNTELLYJELLY, believe that in this technologically dependant era, these young story-spinners should be encouraged, no matter what! Writing, is undoubtedly, the most important form of communication and plays a vital role in kid’s education.
Follow these tips and help the budding little creative writer of yours.
1) Read to them and with them –
Read a lot of age appropriate books, stories and children’s magazines like iNTELLYJELLY, to your child. Such good, positive and knowledgeable content have the power to interest and inspire. It emboldens them to think, create and live in that free world by fabricating their own vision and ideas.
2) Create a writing space –
Young children are born roamers, their mind wander aimlessly and moreover they can’t keep their interest in a thing for long. To grab and hold their attentiveness, the best way is to assign a creative space to them. Fill that space with colours and images that boost their inventiveness.
3) Make it fun with games and worksheets –
For writing, we not only need a storyline but appropriate correct words too. Encourage them with the help of games and worksheets. This shall benefit your child with vocabulary building and word-meaning. Let them learn a word each day and use it in the sentence. A decent word stock can take your child far ahead in the writing game.
4) Do it yourself and show it to your kid-
Kids are copycats, they copy anything and everything what their parents do –be it habit or hobby. So what better way to help your reluctant writer than to show them your work and writings? This will give them not only support and motivation but guide them and as well as ensure quality family time for all. A win-win!
5) Keep a check but don’t overdo –
We, as parents, have this habit of correcting our children every time. At times our valuable suggestions are taken in good spirit and quite a lot of times, they aren’t. With the creative process, let your child take the lead and fly, you be the aid and the wind under their wings. Help them where it’s needed and remember not to go overboard with spellcheck and grammar. Let the basic of writing come to them first then the language rules.
6) Show encouragement and your support –
Any taken task is challenging without the support from loved ones. Be there with your child and support their ingenious ideas and refine them.
Let their little minds wander, in search of something new!
For when they pen down their thoughts, you’ll be amazed by their view….
Happy reading & writing!
Until next time.