The first thing we must do as parents if we want to encourage our little ones to become writers is to make them fall in love with reading. Good writers are first good readers (my opinion). Children must be encouraged to read loads of interesting books full of moral, social, and cultural values.
This will sure broaden their knowledge, improve their vocabulary as well as give them insight into various genres of literature and what makes them unique. In my first post, I mentioned that I have the urge to encourage children to write for children and to achieve this, I started a creative writing / critiquing club for children last summer.
This week, I have a young guest reader/critic on the blog.
Her name is Derin Aderogba and she is a member of my critique club. Derin evaluated a book titled “Lili’s reward for respect”. An illustrated moral story, written by Sabinah Oroge for children in primary school. I am proud to share her viewpoint on the book below:
“Lili’s reward for respect is interesting. I like the way the writer wrote the story and the story is easy to understand.
The writer is good because she wants to teach children about what is right and wrong.
I love the book a lot because it teaches children to be respectful, to say sorry when they are wrong and never to disrupt a class.
Like(s): What I like the most is how the teacher handled her class.
Advice: I want to say that if a teacher notices someone like Lili in the class then she should report him/her to his/her parents. So she won’t do it again.
I also would have liked to see how Lili’s parents would behave if Lili’s teacher reported Lili’s behaviour to them.
I give the writer 8/10 for this book and I will recommend it to my friends, it is a very nice story”.
Your child can do same by following these steps to critiquing. Just encourage them to read and write down their observations using the above critiquing steps. This process will inspire children to pay closer attention to what they read, make sense of what they are reading, make inferences and they will be able to recommend good books to others. The process is also preparing them to become better writers. On the other hand, sharing their views will keep writers on their toes and motivate them to keep striving for improvement in communicating with their audiences.
I will be sharing reviews done by children on the blog to motivate parents to encourage their children to read and write more. The Godmother will like you to buy your child another storybook this week. Let him or her use the critiquing method shared above and you can share with us the outcome at email@example.com. Please note that there is no need to help them write their piece flawlessly, just explain the steps to critiquing to them and watch them do justice to any book. Happy reading to all!
P.S: I read somewhere that writing is like creating a trail for your readers to follow. Are you a children’s writer? If you are sure you have created a clever trail with your published work, our young critics are ready to review your work and give you unbiased feedback at no COST. Contact us through creativegodmother.com or write us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers!