How to Teach Creative Writing
What’s the best way to teach kids to write? Get them excited about writing! My youngest daughter loves to write stories because she doesn’t think of it as work. She thinks of it as fun! I keep it fun for her so that she will be inspired to write and keep on writing her whole life.
Here are a couple of things I do that help to keep writing enjoyable-
1. I Find A Pretty or Thought Provoking Picture
I look for something to stimulate her imagination like the picture book Carl”s Christmas and I let her make up a story to go with the pictures. I write her story down as she dictates it to me. Since I do the handwriting, she is able to be very creative and concentrate on the story she wants to tell.
I write as fast as I can and encourage her by being very interested in the story she is writing. (Yes, I wrote the final story on the actual book!) 🙂
2. I am Careful of “Correcting”
I also keep writing fun by not “correcting” her writing, but instead I will ask her a question to get her to clarify something. For example, if she dictates something to me that is not a complete sentence then I will say “Do you want it to say”-and then state her thought in a complete sentence instead of how she originally stated it.
That way she is still in charge of her own story and she doesn’t feel that there is something “wrong” with her writing.
A Free Creative Writing Printable for You
Want to try this with your own child? Here is a free creative writing printable I made for you!
Click here to download and print the Creative Writing Printable.
Here are a few questions to go with the printable if your child needs some help getting their imagination going.
- What is the little girl in the picture doing?
- What is her name?
- What is she thinking about?
- What do you think she will do next?
- Is she happy?
I would love to hear your experiences with using this printable! Please comment below with any suggestions or questions.
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