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Writing through an experience !

Updated: Jun 11, 2022

It is undeniably argued that writing and reading are reciprocal processes. A child who reads frequently will be a better writer than a child who reads less frequently. However, an avid reader does not guarantee that a child will be a good writer.

Rowe & Neitzel wrote that children’s interest in writing shapes their play choices as well as their interactions with people, materials, and activities during their explorations of writing.

Here are 4 types of experiential writing that I have explored with big L.

The previous English syllabus adopted the use of learning experience strategy in writing too.

It is a process where children shares an experience, talk about the experience, write about it, and then read what they have written.

I used this template, story mountain, beginning, middle and ending when I wanted to get my Primary 1 children to write on their experiences. I used it for a day experience or narratives.

My tips will be not to give a writing template to your child if your child is still an emergent writer or have not tried writing.

A blank piece of paper will be more appropriate to do drawing with annotation with details.

It was researched that young children from aged 4-7, should use more drawing papers in writing as compared to a writing template as writing template may seem intimidating for some children.

Remember our main purpose is to nurture our children to enjoy writing and not teaching them to write.

1) Experiential writing through Science experiments.

Get your child to draw or write about their observation when conducting a Science experiment. When doing so, the child is writing.

Here’s an example of big L’s work after experiencing an experiment.

2) Writing through a reading experience

At times, after reading a book, I would get the boys to pen down their thoughts and things that they have learnt from their readings.

This is another example when I have not started the use of a writing template.

We read a book on ants.

This is another example of writing after reading a book on Inky’s amazing escape.

3) Writing through an outing experiences

This is a piece of writing based on a visit to Science Center, Brickworld.

This is another piece of writing on a night at Changi Airport.

Here is an example of a writing to Tayo Station.

Writing based on the unique playgrounds that we visited in Singapore.

You may download this learning resources here,

Writing based on a visit to an art exhibition.

4) Writing through MAKING (Maker Space

Most children are tactile and hands-on learners. They can make things using Lego or recycled materials. Thereafter, you can get your child to write on the things that they have made.

Writing about his castle.

Writing about his dirty airline.

Writing on his cake that he has made.

Writing on his binoculars that he has made.

Writing a procedural text on making a cake for his snakes.

This was a piece of writing when he was about 5 years old.

I hope that through this sharing, you will be more inspired to try writing with your little ones. All children are different in their learning. Many times, it was “us“ as adult who misunderstood them.

As all children are different, we need to use a differentiated approach like making, experiments, reading and outing to engage them in writing.

Let’s journey this together and raise keen and good writers today.




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