When I was teaching writing, I found that story-telling was a great pre-writing exercise. This technique worked with home schooled children, private schooled children, public schooled children, one-on-one tutoring, and classrooms. The 8 to 12 year olds enjoyed ad libbing in front of the class or back and forth with me and getting outrageous with their ideas. Then they had material to work with when they were sitting all, all alone with that blank sheet of paper and their chewed up pencils or their pens that were running out of ink because they used so much ink writing notes to each other in the back of the room when they thought I wasn't looking . . .
So much fun during the holidays too when you can share how you spent the Christmas, Winter, Kwanza, Hannukah break with your children. I'm looking forward to a round of story-telling after the feast.
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