Congratulations!!! If you are reading this article. You have decided to pen down your ideas and present it to children which is the first step towards writing beautiful content for children. We often think it is very simple to write for children as they need simple language and simple thoughts. But believe me!! children of reading age have incredible comprehension skills. Today’s children are fast, curious and hanbitual of ready video contents. In such cases it is pretty challenging to write an attractive story or article for young readers. Here are some cool tips for you write some great articles and stories for children.
- Structure your piece in a flow
Like any story writing technique you should structure your story in a natural flow. The introduction, the main body and in the end conclusion or revelation of the final plot. Once the structure is ready according to the flow it becomes very easy to fill them with your creative thoughts.
- Keep the element of surprise
Include few elements of surprise in your writeup. That means do not reveal everything about your story/article right away. You can build up the mystery in current section as you are approaching the next paragraph of your writeup. for example mundane style would be
“The Monkey brought a banana from the tree”
but the same could be rewritten with element of surprise
“You know what Monkey got from the tree? A BANANA!!!”
- Go Back you your own childhood
It is very important to understand the psychology of your readers for a successful writeup. For writing for children you don’t necessarily need to be a parent or a teacher. You can go back to your own childhood and see what your thought process was at that age? How you perceive the world? That is going to help you tremendously in walking the shoes of your target readers.
- Keep it simple
“It is so difficult to be simple!!!!!” That is a very deep phase coined by a wise. We are so used to our adulthood that we often forget how to simplify things. Kids are still developing the understanding of the world and complex writeup is going to throw them off. Keep the young person in mind and write small but effective sentences. Usage of easy language and relatable example goes a long way.
- Stay away from preaching or lecture styles
Kids get enough preaching and lectures at school already. Moral stories, straight forward lectures are super boring for them . Therefore try to convey your message via creative storytelling. The same information which usually is given as the crux of the story could be done by flow of events or by leaving open questions to the reader.
- Keep reading for inspiration
There is an incredible amount of literature and books available for children already. You should keep reading some of the popular books and articles for children for inspiration. This helps a lot in shaping your writing skills and building kid friendly vocabulary.
If you incorporate these points while writing you will come up with amazing way to present your content to the children. Happy writing and stay creative!!!!
By: Renu Patle
“The research clearly shows that happy, optimistic children are the product of happy, optimistic homes, regardless of genetic makeup.”
– Bob Murray, Ph.D., author of Raising an Optimistic Child.
From birth, children need experiences and relationships that show them they’re valued, capable human beings who bring pleasure to others. Positive attention, reactions and responses from key grown-ups help children build a picture of how valued they are. Let us see why is it important to focus on positive things in your child?
- Make those little bundle of joy confident human beings
Children remember the positive things we tell them. They actually store them up and repeat our encouraging words to themselves, which makes them feel loved and wanted. Make sure you practice giving your child lots of encouragement every day. This helps them to be a confident person in life.
- Self esteem – Lets Boost it up
Parents are more capable of promoting their child’s self-esteem than anyone else. This can be done by praising a positive action of your child or to reinforce a child’s behaviour. For eg. – when your child shows a talent, you could say, “You had a great game today! OR “I really liked how you came in for dinner on time tonight.
- Establish a strong emotional bonding
According to https://raisingchildren.net.au –
Positive attention is when you respond to your child with warmth and interest. It helps your child feel secure and valued. When the child is pointed out for the positive things, child feels happy, secured and it helps develop a strong emotional connect with the parents.
- Positive outlook in life for everything
“ As you sow, so shall you reap”.
If parents focus on positive qualities of kids, they will gradually learn to see the positive side of everything which will be a great step towards making them an optimistic human being.
So, to conclude –
“Each Child – born with the qualities so unique…
Encourage the positive traits, give the guidance when they seek.”
By – Vasudha Karia
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” —Joseph Addison
Each child is born with three basic powers – Intellect, Movement and Will. As they grow, the last two develop naturally and reading can unfold the world of possibilities which develops their intellect. Let’s find out why reading is the most nutritious diet for the mind.
- Exercises brains
Brain is the most amazing part of the body. It comes up with creative ways to express thoughts, emotions and coordinates different body movements. According to Elise Caccappolo, an associate professor of neuro-psychology at Columbia University, reading keeps one’s brain sharp and healthy throughout lifetime. Reading habit from childhood strengthens brain connections.
- Improves concentration
Children have to sit still and quiet while reading so that they can focus. If they read regularly as they grow up, they develop the ability to do this for longer and longer periods. The very nature of reading encourages the brain to work harder and better.“Typically, when you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives you a unique pause button for comprehension and insight. says Maryanne Wolf. (REFER : https://www.thehealthy.com)
3. Develops imagination
According to the ongoing research at Haskins Laboratories for the Science of the Spoken and Written Word, reading, unlike watching or listening to media, gives the brain more time to stop, think, process, and imagine the narrative in from of us.
4. Develops empathy
Reading is known to improve kids’ ability to relate to
others. Hence making them more empathetic.
5. Calms the mind
The more we read, the more our brains are able to link cause and effect which leads to less anxieties making mind calmer.
In a world where information is the new currency, reading is the best source for continuous learning, acquiring knowledge and more of that currency.
By – Vasudha Karia
READING HABIT FROM TODDLER AGE – A GIFT FOR LIFETIME
Rolling, Crawling, Teething, Walking… and they continue GROWING.
Smiling, Responding, Speaking,Playing… milestones they keep ACHIEVING.
A different world around them,they can’t stop EXPLORING.
Let’s help them open the doors of life with the gift of READING.
Reading books is a great habit to have for anyone – children or adults. Children who read well and read more, enjoy reading and children who enjoy reading, read more. So, inculcating the reading habit in your little miracles right from the toddler age will create magic in their lives.
Why should reading habit be encouraged from the toddler age?
- Literacy development starts much earlier than you think
During toddler years kids make big leaps in their vocabulary.Reading out loud with action gets them interested in the story and sets the foundation for later independent reading.
- High Social and Emotional Development
According to research by Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, an associate professor of pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine, reading can shape cognitive as well as social and emotional development. Such kids will also have social and educational advantages over their peers.
- Feed those curious minds at right age
Reading gives answers to the curious mind and at the same time reading creates more curiosity. Students who start kindergarten behind form the largest group of dropouts, and they have less than a 12 % chance of attending a four-year university. (https://www.readingfoundation.org)
- Glue them to books ,not gadgets
Reading is a better substitute for reducing the screen time of kids and a great way to spend time with your kids.
- Reading and health go hand in hand
According to Nemours (USA), one of the largest nonprofit organizations devoted to children’s health, every book you read is a building block for future reading success and a step towards healthyliving.Research (REFER :https://bilingualkidspot.com)on the importance of reading shows that specific areas of the brain are affected when young children have reading exposure at home from an early age.
Reading together regularly can help your toddler feel safe and comfortable and develops strong connection with you.
By – Vasudha Karia