In these days of Twitter posts and text messages, how can you help your children learn to love writing? The delivery methods may change over time, but we still need words to communicate effectively.
Many children love to express themselves in artistic ways, such as painting. There’s inherent fun in creating with paints and brushes. But what about words? How do you encourage your children to express themselves creatively in writing? How do you show children that writing is more than book reports and term papers?
Wonderopolis encourages families to explore writing in fun and interesting ways. Whether it’s using a hamburger to model paragraph format or exploring poetry through haiku or acrostic poems, Wonderopolis hopes to make writing an enjoyable family activity.
On Tuesday, April 26, Wonderopolis will publish a special Wonder of the Day: How Do You Write a TV Script? Michael Price, NCFL supporter and Emmy-winning writer and co-executive producer of The Simpsons, will show his Wonderopolis® friends what a TV comedy writer's day is like.
Michael will show Wonder Friends a day in the life of a TV writer in a special video he filmed for Wonderopolis. He explains what it's like to write a script for a television show, and Wonderopolis offers tips for getting your family started on beginning your own scriptwriting adventure!
In the meantime, we want to hear from you! What tips and tricks can you share for engaging your kids in writing activities? What resources or activities have you found that inspired your children to put pen to paper?
April 2010: A Colorado mom, Shalini Schane of Longmont, wrote an email to President Barack Obama to tell him how a government shutdown and being shutout of Washington landmarks could spoil her son's class trip. The class had saved up money and worked on projects so they could take a class trip to Washington, D.C.
A deal was reached and the government shutdown was averted.
Did Adams and his classmates take the trip? Yes, they were even invited to tour the White House.
Did they learn a very important lesson? Yes, "it's worth it to voice your opinion" the Colorado Mom said. And sometimes all it takes is writing one simple little letter. You can be sure this class got the message that writing is powerful.
Jane's note about a letter to President Obama made me think of the true-life story of an 11-year-old girl who wrote to Abraham Lincoln to convince him to grow a beard. Lincoln responded to her note and started growing a beard not long after. We suggest a book and some related activities at
If you and your child are thinking about writing a note to the President or another leader closer to your community, check out these children's letters to the President (http://americanhistory.si.edu/presidency/5a2.html).
As promised, here is a link to today's extra-special Wonder of the Day:
Take some time today to create your own family comedy. Writing can be so much fun and so much more than book reports or essays. Enjoy!