Monday, December 9, 2019

Kids Writing - With You!

6yrold working on his story during the class we taught together

Our six-year-old has been excited to write books with me. We usually staple together some paper and he draws the pictures and writes the plot with some help.  He wanted to take it further and offer a class to kids and their adults. We taught our first official class together recently at the Writer's Center and it was a success! There were Kindergartners and their grownups (in this case, moms and grandmothers).

We started by explaining three simple words: Setting, Character & Plot. Then I read Mo Willem's book The Pigeon Needs a Bath! and we applied the new words what we heard and saw in the picture book. The hands-on part of the workshop included the kids writing short stories based on some prompts. In the end, the kids and grownups presented the books they proudly authored together.

If you'd like to do something like this at home, here are some resources:

Books to read: 
A Mighty Girl
Independent bookstore and your local library
Story podcast: Circle Round

Local Writing Programs for young people:

New Pages guide for young writers

Story Cubes
Story Box (puzzle by Anne Laval)
Scholastic Story Starters 
eeBoo Create Tell Me A Story Cards

Self-publish your book:
Blurb (print on demand - easy, inexpensive and a good way to share with family members, too)
Lulu Junior (full kit to make books)

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