Give Them a Writing Prompt
If your child is having trouble coming up with their own story using the Flint book, give your child a writing prompt or an idea for them to use. A prompt is usually enough to help them get their thinking and creativity flowing. If the writing prompt doesn’t help, maybe even try asking them what they see in the photos and ask them to tell you what they think is going on. You can also ask them what they want to name each of the characters in the book. Depending on the age of your child, you could even help your child write the story. This will allow the two of you to brainstorm some ideas and come up with a fun story. Even if you are helping your child, it is still beneficial for your child because they are using their critical thinking skills and helping write down ideas for their story.
Help Your Child Edit Their Story
Once your child has finished writing their first draft of their story, sit down together and and read the story aloud. This gives them a chance to listen to you read it to them and help them pick out anything that they might have written that didn’t make sense. After you have finished reading the story, help your child with editing their story and look for ways to improve upon it.
About the Author Page
Don’t forget to fill in the about the author on the very back page and add your photo. The bio doesn’t have to be very long and you can help your child figure out what to say. This will make your child feel very special and they are the author of their very own story.
My Kids Reaction To Writing Over the Summer was Disappointing
When I asked my two older children to check out the Flint book, they thought I was crazy asking them to write a story over the summer time. I will have to get my daughter, who struggles with writing due to her hearing impairment and delays to work on this in the next few weeks. I am curious to see what type of creative story that she will come up with and write. I hope that I can even share it on my blog. *crossing my fingers*.
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Do you encourage your child to write over the summer?