If you keep up with scripted dramas at all, chances are you’re familiar with ABC’s hit show Castle. Terri Miller is married to the show’s creator (Andrew Marlowe) and plays no small role as a producer and writer behind the scenes.
Screenwriter Terri Miller Talks With Us About Encouraging Imaginitive Storytelling For Kids
HELP! I can’t get my child to write . . .
We’ve all been there. Making our children sit down to WRITE seems like punishment for them and for us. Us, when they throw a fit, cry, or refuse to do it . . . sound familiar?
How about these real life writing experiences . . .
- LISTS – make a grocery list of your favorite foods, make a list of all the toys you want, make a list of your friends, make a list of your favorite animals in order of preference, etc.
- POSTCARDS – buy or make postcards – think of friends to write to, or family, and write a quick hello and how are you.
- DEAR MOM – write a letter to argue for a pet or an allowance raise, make sure you list all the reasons you should get it.
- TABLE PLACE CARDS – write down everyone’s name and make a seating arrangement for the table. (Even little ones can do this)
- DIARY – get a new diary and write something every day — mom and dad can’t read it!
- SUGGESTION BOX – Make a suggestion box for your family, and have family meetings to discuss.
- MAP – Draw and label a map of your backyard, neighborhood, or park
- ALL ABOUT BOOK – on your favorite subject (worms, ghosts, rocks, solar system, airplanes) – use the internet and books from the library
- SURVEY – conduct a survey about favorite foods, favorite ice cream flavors, (can make into a graph later)
- COMPUTER WORD PROCESSING -Write something on the computer and add pictures from clip art.
Does this help? Will you comment and let me know if you’ve found any that work for your child or other ideas that you’ve tried?
Read your own book
Hate to read? Learning to read?
Read a book you wrote. Yes, you’ll have to write a book – more on that in a moment.
Melissa Depper, a youth services librarian at Arapaho Library District, reminded me today how helpful it is for struggling readers to read their own story. She said, “Have the child dictate to you a story. The story will be their vocabulary and their ideas. It makes it easier for the child to read it.”
Even early, early readers . . . my four year old “wrote” a book this summer and it was a favorite pick for bedtime stories. She wrote words she knew like “pop,” “dad,” “mom” and illustrated every page. She felt so proud of her first book!
And now to write a book . . .
Do not panic.
You don’t have to buy a fancy book making kit but, if it helps, give it a try. Amazon carries one called IlluStory Make Your Own Story Kit However, no need to spend money, you can easily fold a stack of paper in half, staple and create a book of any length.
How do you choose a topic?
Write a small moment. Something from the day that just happened. Something that happened earlier.
Write about firsts – first day of school, first lost tooth, first trip to ______, first plane flight, first bike, etc.
Write about a pet – how you got the pet, how to take care of the pet, why you chose the pet, etc.
Stuck? Email me (melissa at milehighmams.com) or post a comment so everyone can help. For more learning ideas go to Imagination Soup.