27 Feb Creative writing comes naturally and cannot be developed. Is this true?
Children’s thoughts are full of imagination and curiosity but they often find it uncomfortable to pen down their thoughts, whereas writing can be an excellent exercise for kids to let out their thoughts and pictures they construct which a mere image of their personality and creativity.
Most kids today dread the thought of writing, even after all the writing exercises they do in school they often see it as tedious process. And in this digital age of email, text messaging and social networking, kids’ tolerance for writing anything longer than a few characters is being severely tested.
It’s very important today to encourage Kids to start writing, learning how to spell and following rules of grammar and punctuation at a very early age as being able to write and write well is an essential skill for all ages. You can easily get your kids to start early by introducing them to writing games that are fun for them. Learning to write well through a creative manner will not only help them overcome their inhibitions of writing but will also make writing an enjoyable task for them.
To get started here are few ideas how to get your kids to start enjoying writing:
Persuasion Game: Get your kids to write a letter whenever they want something from you like a toy or a pizza night it could be anything and also why they deserve it (a sense of accomplishment comes in here). This surely can persuade them to write and bring out the quality of requesting and gratitude as well.
Retrospect Game: Dedicate half an hour every Sunday morning with your kids looking back at the past weeks activities and pick out the activity your kid enjoyed the most. Now make them write about it and give them points on details and descriptions the closer they get to the entire picture the higher they score. To motivate them you reward them appropriately. This also brings about the quality of attention to details.
Description Game:This is a game you can play with your kid daily.Get your kids to draw/ read out characters. Once they have drawn or read they cannot go back erase or re-read means no details can be added. When the listeners has finished their drawings, show them to the reader and have the reader look for any missing details in each picture. This will help kids see which details they left out. This enhances their listening skills,reading skills as well as writing skills.
Building on Game: Start writing a story with your kids. You should start the beginning two lines and every member of the family should add on to it, this creates a lot of excitement for the kids as every time a thought comes to their mind they would go on and add to it. This surely triggers the creative side of your kids and keeps them constantly thinking about new ideas to keep the story going. They don’t want the fun to end.
There are plenty games out there which you can churn out from the web. Another great way to get your kids to build on their writing skills is the Aloha’s reading and writing program they have a commendable structured program which motivates, stimulates young minds, and develops a passion for reading and writing spontaneously! For more details on them check out here: http://alohamindmath.com/program/reading-writing/
Go ahead share with us any other games that you have come across to build on writing skills.