Why is it important for kids to write?
Statistics show that reading helps develop your writing skills, but writing helps develop your cognitive growth, organizational abilities, and the power to influence others through persuasion. In short, writing powers the brain.
Studies show that children who practice creative writing more often are generally better in other subjects too like math, science, and languages. Challenging themselves to come up with creative thoughts and problem solve, builds the confidence and discipline students need to succeed in all areas of life.
There are many benefits to creative writing that will help your children:
Imagination And Creativity
Creative writing encourages kids to exercise their creative minds and practice using their imaginations. It improves their ability to come up with alternatives. This broadens their thought processes, which can lead to success in many areas, including problem solving and analysis.
Children often have difficulty understanding and expressing how they feel. Through writing, children have a safe place to explore, and this can be a highly beneficial tool for expressing their feelings.
Writing gives children more opportunity to assert themselves and their opinions and develop their “voice.” These developments can really strengthen their self-confidence.
Communication And Persuasion Skills
A well-written piece involves a lot of thought, planning, organization, and use of language to get a point across. What great practice for kids at laying out their thoughts and trying to clearly convince someone of their point of view.
Creativity seems to diminish as we get older. Those crazy stories of fairy tale princesses battling ferocious dragons to save the town later turns into business prose. So, encourage your children to write, to be creative, to use their imagination, and then praise them when they do. Build their confidence to clearly communicate their point of view, their thoughts, and their feelings. Then think about publishing those precious stories to read over and over again at a kid-friendly site such as Scribblitt.com, and hold onto childhood just a little longer.
About the Author
Andrea Bergstein is the founder of Scribblitt.com, the only self-publishing website truly designed for kids to help them write, illustrate, and professionally publish their own books and comics. Andrea previously held the position of VP Marketing at Nelvana Animation Studios, Director of Marketing at Mattel Toys, and Consultant in Marketing Strategy.