Cultivating Creativity in Children
Apr 06, 2015
Customer Service Representative
Here at Booklogix, we just finished up our Young Writer’s Contest where we support and encourage blossoming, young writers to express themselves through the written word. Personally, I’ve been writing and reading in some form for, what feels like, my entire life. As a self-diagnosed bibliophile, I can’t think of a more important activity to teach young children than creative writing. Here’s why: 1 - Children need to learn to read and write. Illiteracy is a huge epidemic across the world, including in our country. According to a study conducted by the US Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, thirty-two million adults in the US can't read. That's 14 percent of the population. Twenty-one percent of adults in the US read below a fifth grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can't read. This is unacceptable, and dangerous for our youth. 2 – It also doesn’t hurt that it’s FUN. Especially when you’re young. My favorite part of school when I was young was pulling out my notebook in Language Arts, and disappearing into my own world. In a world full of distractions—iPads, iPhones, iEverthing—it’s all the more important to have our children exploring their own minds, and finding entertainment outside a blinking screen. 3 – Writing isn’t only necessary for educational purposes or entertainment. It can be a huge help when going through the emotional turmoil that is growing up. It can help give identity to the child who doesn’t yet know that uniqueness is a gift. It can be an outlet for children going through hardship, and a safe haven for kids who are too afraid to speak up. Seeing all of the entries for our Young Writer’s Contest, it gives me faith that this next generation will have many, many more stories to tell, many more fantastic worlds to create, and many more lives filled with adventure.