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Get kids writing! …pictures are a great way to start the storytelling

IMG_2268Especially when working with younger students, pictures are a great way to start the storytelling.

Chat about characters, where those characters might be, what they are doing. Have the paper and markers ready and invite your child/students to draw what they are thinking about. Then ask questions about what they have drawn. For JK/SK students – make notes on what they say, then you can help them print out some short phrases underneath their pictures. For Gr.1-3 – have them write down what is going on in the picture.

A couple of examples on how this can work:IMG_2271

  • A few years ago, one of our KfK Books Representatives was working with a daycare (students age 18 mths to 5 years). Paper and crayons were ready at the craft tables. They started small groups of the children sitting in a circle, every one had Popsicle sticks with a marshmallow on it, and they were pretending to be camping and roasting their marshmallows around a campfire. We chatted about camping and asked the children what they heard, saw, smelled. Then immediately moved to the tables where drawing was underway in earnest! As they drew, caregivers circulated asking question about the drawings and encouraging children to add more detail. Once the artwork was finished, each child stood up and proudly presented their picture by telling the story of who, where when and what was happening…caregivers wrote down the words the children used. And, a “Camping Adventure” book was born.
  • In another project for a Grade 2/3 class, the theme was “moving action adventures” – the students brought in a picture and were asked to describe what was ‘happening’ behind the scene. What were the people in the photo thinking, what could have happened to set the stage for the picture, what will happen next?

Even something as simple as a hand-drawn map that you can make notes on about who, what, when, where, how … can be the start of an amazing story!!

So get creative and enter your child’s or class of students’ story now.

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