Looking to Nurture Your Child’s Creative Writing Skills?

5 Top Tips from Your Creative Writing Tutor...

1.)  Normalise Mistakes

  • Mistakes are part of life. Like it or not, they're opportunities for us to learn how to become better. Your child will pick-up on how you personally view mistakes, so don't be afraid to show them that mistakes help us to achieve our goals, dreams and ambitions. 
  • Becoming an excellent writer doesn't happen overnight from producing consistently safe, mistake-free writing. Instead, it requires your child to leave their comfort zone and to have fun by experimenting with language and different writing techniques. 
  • Nurturing an atmosphere where we learn to be curious about mistakes will encourage your child to stretch their writing abilities and grow.
  • Take a positive and supportive approach by encouraging your child to think about what they could do differently in their writing next time. Don't dwell on this too much, keep it light.

2.)  Play Would You Rather…?

  • Children love playing Would You Rather..? The beauty of these questions is that there are no right or wrong answers, so children are free to lift the lid on their imagination and explore their ideas.They certainly get children talking... as different opinions conflict and are explored with a sense of fun and curiosity.
  • Games of this type help free your child’s imagination so they feel excited about exploring their own ideas for their story writing. Plus, it helps them to learn that stories are fluid with the possibility of multiple endings. This is really important to help ensure children don't develop a rigid thinking style -  the idea that that they should create with a certain story ending, which simply isn't true.

3.)  Praise Your Child’s Storytellling Voice

  • Your child is a natural storyteller with their own creative voice. This is something to nurture and celebrate, no matter how quirky you feel their voice may be! Their voice is special and belongs to them only.
  • You can help encourage your child’s voice by reading out a sentence or two and being specific about what you like about it e.g. great use of ‘immense’ instead of boring ‘big’. Your child will appreciate the time you take to acknowledge and genuinely praise their work, helping them to feel their efforts are valued by you.
  • Sometimes you may not feel like praising their work or you may struggle to find something to comment on… for times like these, keep it simple with phrases such as, ‘well done, a good effort’. Fake it, until you make it 😊 and just know that's ok.

4.)  Make Time & Space for Creativity

  • Tiredness, expectations and pressure are the enemies of creative flow. However, none of us can escape these and from time to time they may get the better of us, we’re only human! 
  • Being careful not to get carried away with over-scheduling so your child has a balance in term-time can be really beneficial, not just for their wellbeing, but for their performance too. Happy, motivated children succeed because they're in a good place to learn. So find your child's 'motivator' switch and watch them gather momentum! 

Best ways to create time and space:

-      Ensure your child has plenty of time to relax and unwind.

-      Let your child just ‘be’, you don’t have to entertain them all the time. Let them learn do their own thing, entertain themselves, and observe what           they are naturally drawn to on their own accord. 

-      Encourage your child to pursue interests they simply enjoy that put a smile on their face 😊

5.) Read a Variety of Books

  • Reading books for pleasure will undoubtedly fuel your child’s ideas for writing. They may borrow ideas they love which will foster their love for storytelling.
  • Encouraging them to add their own twist will help to increase their confidence and knowledge that they can achieve great things with their storytelling voice.

Happy story writing 😊

Posted on May 31st 2022

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