Think creatively. Write expressively.

We live in a digital age that is filled with eye-catching advertisements and latest news on both traditional and new media platforms. It is a common sight for children to be occupied on their smartphones and tablet devices as there are many fascinating features to be explored on the apps and social media platforms. As such, there has been growing concerns shared amongst parents and educators about the inadequate time spent on reading and writing. In this issue, we will be examining the topic of Creative Writing, which is an important skill that your child can build up to raise literacy level for personal and educational applications.

What is Creative Writing?

Creative Writing refers to a specific form of descriptive expression that children can undertake to pen down their thoughts and feelings towards a topic of interest. This activity is typically done for Primary School Composition as the examinable topics cover narrative writing based on a given sequence of events in pictorial form.

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Creative Writing is a crucial skill that your child should develop to build up his or her ability to express thoughts and emotions confidently and fluently.

Is Creative Writing important?

Creative Writing is a crucial skill that your child should develop to build up his or her ability to express thoughts and emotions confidently and fluently. In addition to knowing the varied use of literary devices to fit the situations, Creative Writing will strengthen your child’s fundamentals in the English language.

How to improve my child’s Creative Writing skills?

In view of the benefits, we will cover some useful ways that can help your child to build up Creative Writing skills effectively.

Tip #1: Learn to read

To get started on this exciting journey, encourage your child to develop good reading habits. Reading is a daily activity that can be done in many situations, such as identifying signboards on the streets, looking at an advertisement board at the bus stop or reading an online news article. Reading will improve your child’s writing skills by expanding his or her vocabulary knowledge and usage of words.

As a start, read together with your child. Set aside some time to hold your mini-reading activity, such as after dinner or before bedtime. You can select short stories and fairy tales, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Little Mermaid. After the reading activity is done, ask your child questions about the short story. By having a weekly reading plan, your child will develop an interest and begin exploring more titles to read.

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The use of games is an attractive way to motivate your child to write.

Tip #2: Learn to write

The second area of consideration is the cultivation of good writing habits. Writing is a critical process that builds up your child’s ability to process information and express ideas sequentially.

The use of games is an attractive way to motivate your child to write. Start with crossword puzzles to expose your child to different words. Other fascinating games include Scrabble, which can be played in a pair or a group of four. Additionally, encourage your child to keep a journal that contains all the personal reflections that he or she would like to write about.

Use technology to your advantage. Children are intrigued by the interactive features of smart devices as they are more visually-attractive compared to conventional storybooks. Let your child join the Creative Writing Learning Group for Kids, which is an online writing group at our WhyLearn community. For example, as a member of the Learning Group, your child can write freely and expressively with the blog writing tools. Motivate your child to write frequently to cultivate a positive writing habit.

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Spend time to converse with your child. Let your child speak up and present his or her thoughts and feelings to you.

Tip #3: Learn to speak

Reading and writing are the common areas of learning. However, the ability to speak fluently and confidently is as important for the development of Creative Writing skills.

Spend time to converse with your child. Let your child speak up and present his or her thoughts and feelings to you. For example, ask your child to present a fascinating idea to you at the end of every week. By doing so, your child learns to vocalise his or her thoughts and express them clearly. Furthermore, the inclusion of personal emotions and opinions will improve the skills of creative expression, which will contribute to your child’s preparation for the Primary English Oral Examination. 

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Encourage your child to write short stories. You can start the activity by printing out photos or cutting out pictures from magazines. Let your child weave and form a unique story from the given information.

Tip #4: Learn to apply

By learning how to read, write and speak, your child will develop a strong foundation in the use of English, which is critical for the application of Creative Writing skills. Encourage your child to write short stories. You can start the activity by printing out photos or cutting out pictures from magazines. Let your child weave and form a unique story from the given information.

Also, motivate your child by taking part in the story-building process. List down some helping words or useful phrases that your child can include in the personalised short story. Once it is complete, ask your child to read it.

Besides, the development of Creative Writing skills is applied to Primary School Composition, which is one of the main components for PSLE English. By building up the basics of reading, writing and speaking, your child’s efforts will pay off.

Start today. Learn right.

Every journey begins with one step. Set a goal for your child and work towards it. Cultivate good reading, writing and speaking habits to develop effective creative writing skills. If you are looking for additional support, do consider registering your child for our Primary English Creative Writing Workshop. It is one of the three workshops that form the June Holiday Free Enrichment Programme that is available for all Primary school students.