by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
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🌟My Creative Prompts for Kids series has been a huge success. Here’s a recent example: Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Toy “Sometimes children need a gentle nudge to spark their creativity. Whether they go on to choreograph a dance, create a sculpture from junk or write a play, the most important thing is to encourage them to create something in response to a prompt.”
🌟Why Reading Really is Magic by Mem Fox: “Reading is magical because it brings parents and children together for fun, bonding and giggles.”
🌟The most popular article by far at The Book Chook is How Do Kids Write a Book Review, which has had hundreds of thousands of page views.
🌟Ten Fun Word Challenges for Kids: “Activities like challenges involving words can be enjoyable AND educational. They can help kids increase their vocabulary, reinforce spelling and rhyming, and exercise all those critical thinking muscles. But above all, they are lots of fun, so let’s encourage students to also invent their own challenges and try them out on their friends.”
🌟There are stacks of educational activities you can use with kids at The Book Chook. Even if it’s not Children’s Book Week, you’ll find many, many ideas you can use to nudge kids into reading, writing, creating and communicating in articles like Children’s Book Week 2016 - Educational Activities.
🌟Technology can be our friend where children’s education and self-expression is concerned, even with something as creative as poetry. Encourage Kids to Write Poetry with Tools and Apps.
🌟What’s the Use of Picture Books? “Picture books are so powerful; why not share one with your kids today? Whether it's a real physical book, or an e-book for a gadget, there's so much pleasure to be had from sharing a picture book with someone you love.”
🌟You’ll also find lots of book and app reviews at The Book Chook. Two examples are: Recommended Books for Older Readers 2016 and Book Chook Favourites - Word Game Apps.
🌟Easy Ways Parents Can Encourage Kids to Write: “While many parents build special time for reading into family life, we don’t all do the same for writing. I believe we should. Why not call these times "read o'clock" and "write o'clock", the way I do. Don’t worry about what time precisely to do this. It doesn't matter WHEN we fit reading and writing into each day, so long as we do.”
🌟You’ll find all the educational PDFs I create - freely available to parents, teachers and librarians working with kids - at my personal website.
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