“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L’Amour
Creative writing uncovers a new world of entertainment for children – their thinking minds! Fun and imaginative ideas for writing improves attitudes, confidence and writing skills.
After School Creative Writing Clubs meet at:
Lake Windward Elementary: Tuesdays
Barnwell Elementary: Wednesdays
Fulton Academy of Science and Technology- Thursdays
June Flower After School Learning Center Tuesdays
Lori Sugarman, M.Ed., is a former school counselor who has been writing since 4th grade. Her son’s 3rd grade teacher invited Lori into the classroom to teach weekly creative writing lessons and she’s never stopped teaching.
Her writing experience includes several volumes of poetry, three original plays for elementary aged children, several comedy routines, two children’s short stories, book of lullabies, grant writing, training programs, organizational reports, business newsletters, and early childhood training modules.
Sugarman’s Elementary School Writing Curriculum includes grammar, constructing an expressive sentence and paragraph, paraphrasing, and format writing for narratives, opinion, persuasion, and informatory writing. Short stories, monologues, conversation and poems are used to further develop writing skills. Her philosophy:
- Nurture the creative imagination all children possess
- Instill the mindset that each child is “a writer”
- Discover journaling as means of self expression
- Enrich curiosity of language and vocabulary through creative approaches
Creative Writers Club reinforces many “mechanical” writing elements including:
- Language using metaphor, simile and hyperbole
- Capitalization and punctuation
- Songs to increase understanding of grammar
- Writing topics geared toward your child’s interests increases enthusiasm
- Daily experiences that provide short “how to” writing topics ( fortune tellers, yoga and laughter poses) to strengthen instructional writing
- Exercises to compare and contrast. Persuasive exercises that require the “siting of evidence.”
- Daily ideas presented, but children are free to pursue their own ideas
- Illustration encouraged to support writing
Extra practice with:
- Sentence and paragraph structure, setting and character development, vocabulary, titles and punctuation
- Self reflection through poetry, journaling and short stories.
- Drawing/Illustration welcome
In my son’s last two years of on-line high school, in spite of dyslexia, he was required to write across every subject on a daily basis. The repetition of creating and written composition has allowed him to graduate with solid and coherent writing skills. Children need much more daily practice in the act of writing, beginning in the elementary years.
– Peggy S