1. No Pressure.
SWP4K is not school. It is not a stand in for writing camp. The purpose of SWP4K is to explore creativity through writing. If you approach the prompts with a you-must-do-this-or-you’re-not-going-swimming-later attitude, your kids will not only resent you, they’ll resent writing. No one is creative every single day. If it’s not fun for them, it’s not worth it for either of you.
2. No Wrong Answers, No Wrong Methods.
Your child has earned the right to make mistakes. Let them. If they misunderstand the meaning of a writing prompt, and begin writing on a completely different topic, let them. If they make some grammatical or spelling mistakes, look the other way.
If they are writing anything at all, then they are flexing their unique, brilliant, creative muscles. That’s what’s most important.
SWP4K is an informal, messy, and brainstorming-type writing. No need to demand a # 2 pencil and a composition book for answers.
If they are writing in crayon on a piece of toilet paper, they are still writing.
3. Modify Prompts to Accommodate Your Child’s Age.
Let’s say the prompt requires looking up the definition of a word in the dictionary and writing a sentence using the word. What if you child can’t read? What if your child can’t write? Find a word in the dictionary they can understand, explain the definition, and have them draw a picture to illustrate their understanding of the word. Drawing is another great way to get the creative juices flowing!
4. Encourage You Child to Come Up with Their OWN Prompts.
What if your child doesn’t like the day’s writing prompt? Encourage them to come up with their own prompt and answer it! Better yet, email me the prompt and if I use it, I’ll credit your child!
5. Where To Find SWP4K
I will post the prompts on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (beginning on June 3) to my website, as well as to the 2013 Summer Writing Prompts for Kids Pinterest Board. I will share these links both on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Facebook. And please share the prompts with your friends!
The 2012 SWP4K can be found on a different Pinterest Board.
6. Questions, Comments & Concerns
Email me at shestarteditATgmailDOTcom (replace the AT with a @ and the DOT with a .)
H A V E F U N !