When you are ready you can begin to focus on your themes.Themes can help readers of all ages connect to a story on a personal level.It would also be fun to place the pictures of people in a geographic location and ask the children to write about what they are doing there.
Ask the children to write a story to go with the headline.
And don’t forget that all good newspapers need pictures too!
If your newspaper headlines are boring, mix words from several headlines until you get something unusual!
For older children you could choose political or current affairs headlines.
When I first started writing I found myself writing serious pieces.
I say ‘found myself’ because I tended to sit down and write using the stream of consciousness method – which is literally writing whatever comes into your head and following your train of thought wherever it goes.I have written a great many stories for children and they have been broadcast on RTE 1 here in Ireland, as well as published in various magazines.I feel I can share some of what I have learned with you.I believe that most children want to write before they want to read.That was certainly the case with both of my children - they would scribble write from an early age and ask me to read it for them :)There is something magical about putting pen to paper and making your words appear.Write and perform a puppet show, play or animation. Cut photographs of people from magazines and ask the children to pick two or three of them.Write about who the people are, what their lives are like, and how they might know each other.I have put together this list of creative writing activities for kids in the hope it will help your teaching!Homeschooling is wonderfully flexible - and there are some great ways of encouraging your children to write.I found your website, and finally I have the confidence to take the plunge and take my daughter out of school and educate her at home, thank you, thank you. I'm so thrilled to get started and even more excited to continue to explore all of the fabulous suggestions and creative ideas you have offered here!!! I write for both children and adults, but I must admit there’s something special about the way you can let your imagination fly when you are writing for children.