Nurturing Young Authors: Starting a Writer’s Notebook

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Playful Learning: Starting a Writer's NotebookBlogPost

We’re so excited about beginning the Starting a Writer’s Notebook online workshop, which marks the beginning of Camp Playful Learning next week! It’s a great opportunity to nurture your child’s writing life during the summer months.

Often as parents we forget to see the forest for the trees when it comes to our children’s writing. It’s normal for us to get caught up in whether they’re writing letters neatly, spelling correctly, and using proper grammar. While these are important skills, they are most effective when utilized to support good writing. They do not make good writing.

Good writing comes from having something to say. Good writing comes from believing in something, wanting to explore something more deeply, or wanting to connect with others about something. Good writing comes from having a strong sense of your own voice and a solid belief in your ability to express your ideas.

A writer’s notebook is a place where children can discover all of those essential elements. When they can write on their own terms, children begin to find their voice and experience writing as it should be—an amazing medium for self-expression.

Starting a Writer’s Notebook

Did you know that almost all of your favorite authors keep a writer’s notebook?  Writing does not need to be an overwhelming process, it can be fun, light, and all about capturing the magical moments in our lives. Keeping a writer’s notebook is where it all begins…

We thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peek into the process!

You can gather materials for your notebook from around the house. Here’s a list of the supplies we use in the video…

Playful Learning: Resources for Starting a Writer's Notebook

1. Post-it Arrow Flags –  Add a fun dimension to capturing memories and writing down thoughts.

2. Japanese Washi Masking Tape –  Fun tapes are a wonderful way to add mementos and for the decorating of your cover or pages.

3. Glassine Wax Paper Bags –  These are great for taping into your notebook to inspire writing about found treasures.

4. Jumbo Paper Clips –  Another great way to capture and save different memories.

5. Sticky Tab Markers –  These come in handy if you want to create different sections in your notebook.

6. Blank Recycled Notebooks – We love using these blank notebooks. They offer a clean slate, so that children can make them their own.

7. Photo Corners – Wonderful for adding and writing about family memories and special events.

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Starts Monday!

Camp Playful Learning: Writer's Notebook

We would love for you to join us…

Dates: June 13th – June 17th

To register, click here.

mariah

With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.

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