Published : Friday, October 12, 2018 | 12:50 PM
Children are all born with specific talents and a propensity to excel in a particular subject. For some, creative writing comes naturally, while others may lean towards analytical subjects such as math and science. Despite your child’s natural proclivities, creative writing is an important skill to develop. Creative writing fosters a child’s imagination, teaches them to express ideas clearly and helps them develop confidence.
If your child struggles with creative writing tasks at school, there are activities you can do at home to help boost his or her imagination and creativity. Here are three activities to help your child excel at creative writing:
Guide your child through questions
If you have a child or children who are not natural creative writers, ask them questions to kickstart their creative process and spark their curiosity. For example, ask them questions like “What if animals could talk, what would they say?”. Once you get an answer to that question, ask them another related question to guide them down the path toward developing a story. Once they get the hang of it, prompt them to ask the questions themselves. While it might not be easy at first, your kids will eventually understand that creative writing is centered around answering the reader’s questions about the story.
Rewrite the ending to their favorite story
Every child has a favorite story. Get children’s creative juices flowing by asking them to put a new twist on it. Ask questions that make them consider how slight changes during different parts of the narrative could have affected the conclusion or outcome of the story. By taking a story that your kids are already engaged in and allowing them to alter it, they learn and practice to experiment with ideas and concepts that will translate well into creative writing.
Act out their creative writing story
Engaging in pretend play using a storyline can also allow a child’s creativity to shine. When caught up in the story themselves, children will likely start to imagine what actions the main characters will take and explore different endings to their story. Once they have acted out a story, encourage them to record the story they have just created. You may find that the characters and ideas flow more freely after your child has time to play out the tale.
Creative writing and STEM/STEAM
Creative writing helps children experiment with different outcomes and think outside of the box, which has far-reaching effects beyond their writing. For this reason, Stratford School views creative writing as an essential part of the STEM/STEAM curriculum, as the creativity and unique thinking students develop through writing can be applied to their science, technology, engineering, and math education. Learn more about Stratford School’s innovative approach to STEAM education by scheduling a tour today.
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