Creative Writing plays an important role in a child's literacy development and most children have the natural interest in writing, an inherent need to express themselves in words.
Whether your child is just learning to read or in middle school, it’s never too early or too late to help them become a more creative writer.
Encouraging children to write a story of their very own can give them an enormous confidence boost, as well as help them consolidate their literacy learning by putting their phonics, grammar and reading skills into practice.
Tompkins (1982) suggests seven (7) reasons why children should write stories (these reasons, of course, also apply to writing poetry):
- to entertain
- to foster artistic expression
- to explore the functions and values of writing
- to stimulate imagination
- to clarify thinking
- to search for identity
- to learn to read and write
With these compelling reasons in mind, it is hard to justify not making creative writing an important part of the developmental stage of every child.
While writing certainly should be enjoyable, and children should have opportunities to choose their own subjects and methods of writing, the importance of creative writing in developing children's cognitive and communication skills cannot be underestimated (Tompkins, 1982).
At Creative Holiday, we teach children the fun and creative aspects of writing.