Lulujr.com – Three Benefits to Engaging Your Child in Creative Story Writing
As parents (and as our children’s educators), we are always looking for new ways to engage our children’s minds. Story writing has always come with many benefits for children, but sometimes we can struggle in finding new ways to encourage them to get their ideas on paper. First off, it’s important to know that there are three key benefits to engaging your child in creative story writing.
Writing gets the creative juices flowing like nothing else. There is a lot of freedom a child feels when they have a blank page and something to write with. A child’s mind is already a thing of boundless curiosity and creativity, but it’s up to you to nurture and guide their creativity so they can learn to harness it as a skill.
Creative writing strengthens literacy by helping children learn through practice and helping them to develop an appreciation of reading other stories and starting to understand the skills needed to weave a story together cohesively and seamlessly.
Barbara Kingsolver said, “Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.” What a great lesson for any child. There’s no better way to teach this lesson than to encourage your child to create their own stories and share them. Providing children with the ability to express themselves through the written word at a young age opens myriad possibilities for self-expression, while simultaneously building confidence and reassurance in their own communication abilities.
Now the question you might ask yourself is how to get a child excited about writing? That’s where we come in. Lulu Jr.’s Education Programs offer free, online book-publishing programs designed to support writing and language arts curriculum through project based learning, communication and collaboration. The result is a finished book either authored independently by your child or authored collaboratively with your other children or their friends. Either way, the experience is unique and gets children excited to write their own stories so they can see themselves as published authors. To learn more about these programs, visit www.lulujr.com and click on the Teachers tab.
Be sure to explore Lulu Jr.’s Education Programs. They look forward to helping your child’s stories come to life!