There is something special when your child starts to be a writer. Writing gives children an opportunity to share their ideas and express their creativity. Using creative prompts allows kids to use their pre-reading and writing skills in a way that is relevant to them.
But writing is not easy and many new writers struggle when faced with a blank page. Writers, both novice and experienced, need encouragement but they also can benefit from getting some ideas (prompts) to get them started. Think of it as that “slight push” you give your child when they first learn to ride a 2-wheeler.
When creating prompts, think of different ideas that will spur an interest to write. Giving your kids a variety of topics to help them extend their vocabulary and language skills. Kids can find their “voice” through writing poems, songs, jokes or stories. But don’t limit their choices to “common” types of writing. Encourage them to see and find “writing” in the world around them. Commercials, plays, TV shows, ads, emails and blogs are all opportunities to share their writing.
5 Creative Writing Prompts for January
- Fortune Cookies: Fortune cookies have a piece of paper inside with a message. Write 5 messages that you would like to find in a fortune cookie.
- Soup of the Day: Create a recipe for your favorite “unusual soup”. Perhaps one that makes you silly, old or talking another language! Write the 10-15 ingredients that make your soup special.
- HAPPY NEW YEAR: Try creating a HAPPY NEW YEAR acrostic. Choose words or phrases that relate to your wished for 2020. The H, for example could be “Hope I’ll learn how to dance this year.”
- Say Something Nice in 2020: Everyone likes to hear a compliment. Choose 5 people in your life and write down a compliment and give it to them. You’re sure to get a smile.
- Winter Clothes: The winter season brings cold weather to many parts of the U.S. Dream up some new clothing ideas you would like to invent for your new winter clothes. Be creative. Maybe some skis attached to your flip flops?
Today’s technology can capture the attention of a wide range of audiences making it easier than ever for our words to reach others. I would never have dreamed 40 years ago when I entered my first classroom door that my thoughts on education would be seen worldwide! I am so honored to have so many blog readers. Your comments and ideas are the “prompts” that I use to write my posts. Thank you for helping so many kids learn.
Let’s use 2020 to develop some writers. Check out my monthly post of writing prompt ideas to help inspire our new authors. Happy New Year Writers!