Teaching: Creative writing
Many children are anxious about putting pencil to paper when faced with a story writing activity. There are many reasons for this. These may be:
- because they are afraid that they will spell a word incorrectly
- some children dislike using a pencil and find handwriting difficult
- young children in particular lack imagination and creativity
- Big Elephants Can't Always Use Small Exits! ……….because
- Stationery or stationary? e for envelope or a for car
- Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move……………………………. Rhythm
6. Activities Use activities such as those included in the topic Summer Activities.
- Seaside Board Game reinforces vocabulary
- Summer pack dominoes
- Seaside game - use with seaside board game
- Jumping activities
- Walk like a crab
- Do push-ups on floor
- Use a chair for push-ups
- Balance on one leg - try this this with closed eyes
- Walk toe-to-heel on a tape line on the floor
- Rub hands together
- Squeeze foam balls
- Rub hands in circles on each other
- Build a tower with small Lego blocks……have a race to see who can do this first!
- String small beads
- Illustrate the letter while talking through how each step is done.
- Child repeats this using their finger and writing in the air. Make sure that they use large arm movements and talk through the steps out loud.
- Using a finger, the child says the steps while 'writing' on the table.
4. Actual writing practice
- Buy a chalk board with some chalk. Using board on a table write the letter on the board.
- Try writing on child’s back so they have to guess the letter and then the child does this to you.
- Write with a variety of pencils and pens i.e. coloured markers, finger paint, pens etc.
Try starting by giving children short constructive tasks such as a colourful card or home–made postcard to write.
Postcard about new pet
Postcards for you to send
Postcard to Grandmother
Postcard for school trip
3. It is less daunting for children to do small pieces of writing at a time. An ideal way of doing this is to suggest that they write a diary. Here is an example - Tom's diary-writing
4.Children are often more stimulated to use their imagination and to write more fluently when they have a format to follow, for example In the morning... at lunchtime... after school.
Spring booklet 1
An alien topic
Easter celebrations around the world
6. Children are often stimulated to be more imaginative if they are encouraged to read. I often find that boys enjoy comics and these help them increase their vocabulary and to use their imagination through the graphics. Here is a page of suggestions on reading: Encourage your child to enjoy reading.