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How to Improve Your Child’s Creative Writing 

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Creative writing is an essential skill that helps children express their thoughts, emotions, and ideas in an interesting and engaging way. Developing their creative writing skills can have a lasting impact on children’s personal and academic growth, as well as their confidence, especially in the lead-up to important exams.

Although the main exam boards (GL Assessment, CEM and ISEB) do not include creative writing tasks in their 11+ test, some grammar schools set their own papers, which can include creative writing sections. Also, most independent schools require candidates to write an essay or creative writing piece as part of their entrance exams. 

Even if your child does not have an upcoming exam that contains a creative writing element, building their writing skills can have a number of benefits, including enhancing their communication skills; fostering imagination and creativity; boosting their emotional intelligence; improving their critical thinking and problem-solving skills; building their self-confidence; and enhancing their academic performance. 

In this article, we’ll discuss a few ways you can improve your child’s creative writing skills that are fun and engaging.

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1. Encourage Reading

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Reading is a fundamental building block for creative writing. Encouraging your child to read and introducing them to a wide range of genres can help them develop a strong vocabulary, understand writing styles, and become familiar with various devices and techniques.

Supplying your child with both classic and contemporary novels, as well as poetry, plays and non-fiction, will ensure they have a wide range of resources to take inspiration from. 

At Examberry, we have a collection of illustrated reading workbooks in our Children’s Classics range, with activities at the end of each chapter, including comprehension questions, open-style creative writing exercises and fun tasks. 

Not only will our beautifully illustrated workbooks help your child become confident reading classic fiction, but they also provide them with fun exercises to challenge their own creative writing skills. 

2. Make Writing a Habit

Encouraging your child to write regularly, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day or a couple of times a week, can significantly improve their writing skills.

Establishing a consistent writing routine can help your child practice little and often, gradually building their writing skills and building their confidence. 

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You could also help your child by offering them daily prompts. These could be words, phrases, or pictures, to spark their creativity and inspire their writing. This could help your child practice specific techniques, themes or styles, and help them overcome writer’s block. 

3. Offer Constructive Feedback and Collaborate on Writing Projects

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Providing your child with regular constructive feedback is crucial for their writing growth. Focus on their strengths and offer suggestions to improve their work, whilst supporting what they have produced.

Encouraging your child to keep checking, proofreading and editing their work is a great skill that will help them across their academic writing. 

You could also try collaborating on a few writing projects with your child. This will encourage them to share their ideas, develop their communication skills and learn how to take on feedback on group projects. It can also be a fun and different way for them to practice their creative writing skills.

4. Celebrate their Creativity and Progress

Make sure you consistently recognise and celebrate your child’s writing achievements, to encourage them to persevere on their writing journey. 

You could set up a rewards system for writing goals, share their work with friends and family or encourage them to submit their work to writing competitions. This positive reinforcement can help to build their confidence and motivation.

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Examberry Papers

At Examberry, we have a collection of illustrated reading workbooks in our Children’s Classics range. We have workbooks of the beloved classics A Christmas CarolThe Wind in the Willows and Treasure Island, with activities at the end of each chapter, including comprehension questions, open-style creative writing exercises and fun tasks. 

Our beautifully illustrated workbooks will help your child become familiar with and confident reading classic fiction. You can ensure their skills are developing with a detailed answer guide at the back of the workbook. 

Further Recommendations for the 11+

One of the most effective way to prepare for an 11+ entrance exam is to use practice tests written by experts.

We offer a range of  11+ revision resources including area & school-specific papers, subject-specific papers, spelling & vocabulary resources, and reading books.

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