Write A Story With Your Kids
How’s this for a new family project? Ever thought about writing a children’s story with your kids? This would be a great way to bond with them and teach them the beauty of the written word. This can help younger reader to engage in literacy projects that help their reading and writing skills. For older children, this is a great way to work on their communication skills.
Why Write A Children’s Story?
This is the easiest type of story for children to write as they are closest in age to their own experience. Their imaginations haven’t yet grasps the types of stories that are filled with complicated story lines and many characters. The simpler the better at the beginning but then they can add to the action in the story as they understand where the story is leading them.
I’ve always said that a family that bonds together is a family that has a good foundation. Why not add to that foundation by writing a children’s story together. Here are some ideas on how to put together a story that will please all members of the family.
- Find common ground to start. This could be a story about families, aliens, animals, insects, humans or dinosaurs or anything that catches the fancy of a family member.
- map out or storyboard the story first. This means have a firm direction on who the characters are, what they are going to do and what they are doing.
- Assign different parts of the story to different members of the family and have they work only on that part as to not distract the other members.
- When each member is done, put the story together to see if it makes sense and then talk the story out to find the weak parts that need strengthening.
- Have a family member who can draw to illustrate the cover and if need be, the story itself.
- Finally, when everything is done, it can be printed out on your home computer or you can go to amazon.com and set up an account with CreateSpace and have them print it out. They are a print-on-demnd company where you can have one or a many copies printed out and sold.
A project like this can make a great present for an older family member such as an aunt, uncle or even grandparents. By working with your children writing a story together you foster a sense of belonging, acceptance as well as help the children with their language skills. Al in all, this is a worthwhile project that can have lasting memories.
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