How to Help your Child Explore Their Imagination

wall covered with books and a doorway leading to an unknown place

The basics of any good education will first start off with the holy grail. Reading and writing are the two most fundamental abilities of someone who is getting ready to enter the world and interact with other people. As parents, we often see the need to make sure our children are getting a head start in this field. However there has been a trend and it’s been going on now for a while, to put more effort into making sure our little ones can read than write. It’s understandable as once they have their ABCs to a high standard, we think spelling words is a matter of experience and sentence structure will soon follow.

But writing is so much more than that.

Right now they’re young; they sometimes have trouble expressing themselves and communicating properly. It can lead to frustration because you want to help them, but you don’t know what they want. This is why writing will help them to connect their mind with their ability to formulate words and speech.

Read to them so that they can write

Reading to our children will get them interested in many things. First of all, it’s a great way for them to learn about morals, study the actions of characters, imagine different lands, and paint pictures in their minds of various descriptions. Reading bedtime stories and novels allows them to really boost their imagination and live in a different world. In order to link writing into this, get them to think about a story they would like to read about. The surprise them with cool stationary and encourage them to actually write that story themselves. Be there with them but not quite looking over their shoulder. Help them to think of words and make sure their grammar is correct.

drawing of the 3 wise menSource rosanegra_1

Characters develop character

So now that they’re off and writing, it’s time to develop characters. Every good story needs an antagonist and agonist. This method is great for early storytelling as the battle between good and evil plays right into the hands of parents who want to instil within their children certain values. Mannerisms, speech patterns and phrases are the underlying sinews of the characters. Culture also plays a huge part in how figures act. Say for instance the character your child wants is a stereotypical Brit, they would then need to know classic English sayings that would make them seem more genuine in the story. The same ethos should be taken for different parts of countries, such as dialect, accent and again phrases.

When they can build very descriptive statures, they’re beginning to understand variety in personalities and formulating them onto paper.

child holding a pen and writingImage by Kurt_Niemans

Early venting of frustrations

Early on in their childhood communication is going to be basic. When they’ve had a bad day, it can difficult for children to express it to you. They might still be angry, or embarrassed and unwilling to share. So instead, see if they can be encouraged to keep a diary where they can vent all their frustrations. Far better to let it out then to keep it in. children who write every day will improve their handwriting also; keeping within the lines, maintaining properly proportioned letters and smoothness overall

Reading to your children is more important than you might at first think.

It’s a memory of learning and bonding they won’t forget. Encouraging them to take up the pen and paper will allow them to create their own memories too.

*disclaimer: a collaboratice post*
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