Your child may not want to be the next JK Rowling when they grow up, but it is still important to explore creative writing with them whilst they’re young.
It has many benefits with regards to their overall learning and development. Not only is it fun, it can also help broaden their vocabulary and ability to communicate, improve their handwriting and expand their imagination. These are all excellent transferable skills that will be of advantage to your child, both now and when they’re all grown up.
So, you may be wondering how to explore creative writing with your child within the home? I have teamed up with a senior school in Hertfordshire to offer you the following tips.
Before you can expect your child to be able to write their own story, they will need to have read a good few books first. If they’re not keen readers, they will find it difficult to comprehend elements of different genres and they will not be familiar with different writing styles. With that said, it might be worth taking your child to the library so that they can pick out some novels. It would be wise to encourage them to read a variety of genres so that they can figure out what they like best.
Once your child has a favourite book, you could suggest that they re-write their own version of the ending. This is easier than starting a whole new story from scratch, as the characters and plot line have already been established. This activity will show your child that some small changes here and there can drastically change the book’s conclusion.
If your child is up to the challenge of writing their own brand new story, it’s worth suggesting that they start with a mind map so that they can write down lots of nouns and adjectives that they can use in their writing. Encourage them to write an outline of the beginning, middle and end, because without proper preparation they are more likely to lose their momentum and give up.
Don’t be afraid to get involved and suggest some ideas for your child, or even write out an opening sentence for them, as this is often the hardest part. There are lots of books and other resources with tips and tricks that can help, or you could contact your child’s teacher for some advice.