Creative writing can help your child on both an academic and personal level and will teach them skills that may even come in handy when they embark on a career path. Children naturally have wonderful imaginations and it’s a good idea for bot parents and teachers to cultivate this ability through creative writing challenges. There are a number of ways parents can help, even if their child seems to struggle with creative writing. Here are some tips from a private school in London to help you get started:
Read with your child as regularly as you can to help boost their general vocabulary and help improve their spelling and grammar. Reading with your child is also a great way to introduce them to a range of authors, genres, and different writing styles. Bedtime is a great opportunity for you to read together. Once your child has developed certain preferences when it comes to works of literature, you could ask them to re-write the ending to one of their favourite books or write a short story in the style of their favourite author. Encourage them to think outside of the box and put their imaginations to the test!
When carrying out creative writing activities with your child, make sure they choose a topic that they find truly interesting, otherwise the activity will become boring for them very quickly. If they’re actually interested in a particular genre, let them explore it so that they find the task enjoyable rather than see it as a chore.
Encourage your child to put together a thorough plan before they start a short story exercise. Without one, they won’t have much of a direction and the task will drag on. Try mind mapping all of the words and phrases that could be associated with the story and ask your child to think about the beginning, middle and end. If you want to be really clever, you could do some research and learn about Todorov’s theory and share what you have discovered with your child, to make them a better writer.
If your child is struggling to get started, you could give them an opening sentence to open with. Alternatively, you could suggest a particular problem that the characters have to solve. Try and make the experience a fun, bonding activity, rather than a piece of homework.
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