Children will naturally visit their writing area once they are inspired and ready to begin the process. I highly encourage parents not to force this process as children are likely to become resistant to writing if they are forced to begin this process before they are ready. For some the act of writing will simply flow naturally with very little guidance. For others however, they may require assistance in collecting their ideas. For those children requiring further guidance, may this post provide you with guidance in the process.
This process begins by simply allowing all ideas. The brainstorming process can be a simple one if all of the ideas your child shares are encouraged without labeling ideas as “good” or “bad.” In writing, there are no truly “good” or “bad” ideas, they are simply ideas. During this initial stage, it’s important to allow the child to creatively brainstorm all the ideas possible. You may find your child needs assistance with recording these ideas. For others, they may be quite comfortable with recording, but need an organizational tool for doing so.
I highly recommend Thinking Maps for collecting and recording ideas. For further clarity, I have featured a Thinking Map called a bubble map on the topic of Spotted Salamander. As is evident, the central topic is located in the center circle. All supporting ideas are recording in the surrounding circles. For further ideas regarding brainstorming tools, take a peek at this site.
Throughout the brainstorming process, I encourage you to guide your child. At times, your child may have a plethora of ideas for recording. At other times, they may require questions to probe further into the topic. While these questions vary depending on the topic, it is essential that answering the question extends beyond “yes” and “no.” For instance, in the exploration of lizards, I might pose the question “how do lizards differ from other living things?” I may also guide using the question “what aspect of the lizard do I find fascinating?” Guiding, simply put, allows the child to formulate their own ideas without having a required outcome. This allows children to fully express themselves.
"Throughout the process, it is essential to take time to recognize your child for their effort, creativity and enthusiasm. "
The final idea I wish to share is simply to enjoy. Writing can be an exciting, invigorating, and fun process when the ideas are generated and flow naturally. Throughout the process it is essential to take time to praise your child for their efforts, creativity and enthusiasm. Enjoy all your child brainstorms as a representation of them. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and questions by commenting on this post. I would love to hear what you have to share!
Ms. Melissa believes education should be engaging and fun! Throughout her lessons, she offers structure and choice to guide children into becoming life-long learners. She provides this blog to all those interested in education and learning more about Tutor Wise LLC. services. Thanks for stopping by!