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Playful Writing Book Now Available!

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Writing for fun and discovery!

Find 150 playful writing explorations for young children. Activities include a creative start and uses writing as a natural extension of self-expression, and playful encounters. Prompts and guiding questions keep children writing for real purposes children care about. Each activity includes Early Writer ideas for those emergent learners, as well as Ready Writer activities for those ready for more advanced and complete writing projects.

The playful writing activities are organized into 15 chapters. That include a combination of informational and fictional writing experiences. Take a look!

Playful Writing Link

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Engaging Kids with Questions

The right question is worth a thousand words. Well, maybe not a thousand words, but quite a few sentences! Just like adults, children writers often get stuck even when they are motivated to write through playful activities.
Asking engaging questions makes a world of difference to get those pencils moving (or keys clicking).

Here are some question pointers:

  • Ask open-ended questions that allows the child to answer in complete thoughts rather than one word answers
  • Listen to what the child is telling you about their story, and ask branching questions to help them add details
  • Be engaged with the child to learn about their thinking and imagination, ask questions that you really want to know about- children are masters of knowing when an adult is faking interest
  • Ask questions to help the child add details
  • Use the character names and details from the child’s writing in the question to show your involvement
  • Ask questions to help the child move the story forward- What happens next questions
  • If this is to be the child’s story be careful not to get so involved that you influence the child’s writing with your ideas.
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