Lately, as I was sipping a cup of coffee, penning down some thoughts in my diary, my little niece joined me with her mini-diary in her hand. At first, I thought she must be just scribbling some random words but to my surprise she had recorded the full evening in such beautiful words and pictographs. I was taken aback by her writing!
You never know how many budding writers/poets/creative directors we have among our preschool going children. All they need to hone their skills is a little nurturing right from the beginning. Here are some ways you can encourage your child’s creative writing skills.
Just how we say practice makes a man perfect; to refine your child’s writing skills, you need to make him/her practice writing more. Allow them to write essays on day-day incidents or simply read stories and summarize.
In today’s era of digital messaging apps, we are drifting from writing letters/email with proper punctuations. Encourage your child to write letters to friends/relatives as this will help them learn framing sentences, building paragraphs and better their grammatical skills.
Focus more on vocabulary. That’s how you can build strong communication. Give your kids good books to read to catch up on new words. Make him re-write a journal in his/her words.
Subscribe to kids’ magazines so your child gets more and more new stuff to read. Make reading an everyday habit.
Look out for any competitions happening around. This shouldn’t be just limited to writing competitions but you can also look for story-telling or poetry workshops. Listening to stories broadens your thinking.
Start a blog:
Blogs are in these days! Encourage your child to write anecdotes for school newsletters or a short article that can be covered in their magazine. If you are exploring an online platform, your child can pen down his/her thoughts and post all her writings on this blog. This will give a good scope of improvisation as you can track/observe how his/her writing skills are growing.
Enroll into a writing class:
As you see your child’s writing advancing, enroll him/her into a formal writing class. Here, your child would learn the different types of writings. He/She will learn a host of write ups like a newsletter, a blog post, an anecdote, bulletin, letters and emails.
Author: Afrouz Sania