Steps to Success: Writing Activities for Kids in Elementary & Middle School

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Writing is the only academic subject that is also an art form and a powerful vehicle for authentic self expression!

 
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The Incite to Write curriculum emphasizes critical and creative thinking skills! It’s a highly motivating writing program that encourages students to explore their minds and get curious. It makes writing exciting because it engages them from the feet up in drama and arts-based activities that are active, hands-on and fun.
The Incite to Write Curriculum aligns with Common Core State Standards: Language Arts, addressing standards in Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language.Read more

 
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PROGRAM SUCCESS

Incite to Write is an approved educational program in several states, providing state-wide supplemental services under federal ED legislation. The Incite to Write program has helped thousands of students over the past 18 years improve their writing and communication skills in both written and spoken English. Students have learned to use the process of inquiry to sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills and become observant, curious and responsible participants in their education.
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shutterstock_245229499 BLOG: What is Creativity?

How To Encourage Creativity in Your Child: Part 5

In Part 4, you learned that your innate creativity informs many aspects of your life, and that the way we see and how we do things makes each one of us unique. You also learned what specific things you can do to encourage and strengthen creativity in your child. In the final part of this series, we’ll look at the most important role that creativity plays. Read More
 

WINTER TALES 2018

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I remember going to Norway in the winter for my honeymoon. My husband and I arrived at this little town not far from a glacier, and there were beautiful woven Norwegian sweaters for sale at the village store. Lots of them. That's because most of the villagers knit all winter long, when they were snowbound and could do little else.

Winter was also a traditional time for storytelling in most countries. The crops had been harvested, and there was nothing to do but wait for the spring to come. People gathered around the home fire and told stories.

We're a long way from those days, but we still do occasionally get snowbound. And winter is still a time to "go inside" energetically-speaking. Winter also affords an opportunity for quality family time: our need to communicate and connect with each other is greater than ever in a world of constant texting.

So how do we tell stories in the 21st Century? I suggest making up your own. Story cubes (found on Amazon) are a great way to get the ball rolling. Story cubes are like dice with pictures on each side. Throw the dice and the picture suggests the character, problem, or solution to the story. Take turns, making it a group story. This is great for all ages, and fun for everyone. Why? Because you get to use your imagination and critical thinking skills. And you get to collaborate and be surprised by what another member of your family comes up with. You get to know each other a little better.

Believe it or not, we're all great at telling stories. We love to use our minds and create; we love to imagine. It's our human nature. Winter is a great time to discover and strengthen that creative muscle. (For more about creativity, see my 5-part blog.) To cap off your storytelling session, enjoy a homemade pie, or toast marshmallows. Some traditions just never die!

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Visit my new program, Storytellers & Writers, an after school dual language program that combines the Incite to Write strategies with storytelling.

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