Oinkette is learning to write stories in school. I'm very proud of her. Last year she entered in the PBS kid's story contest in the Kindy division. You can find out more about the PBS Kids writing contest HERE. Oinkette did it all on her own and even though she didn't win a prize, she had a good time.
For most of this year, her classes have focused on the setting, order of events, and the 5 w's (who, what, where, when and why) and how. She's full of ideas and stories. Young kids love a good story. They want to be told a story, to imagine one, to watch one unfold.
I, especially, like that nonfiction is as important as fiction in school these days. When I was in school, every unit was a fictional story and it always ended in death or loss of some kind. No happy endings outside of Kindergarten.
Mr. OinkPen hated fiction and reading in school was meaningless to him until middle or high school. Reading only became interesting when he was reading for specific subjects. His English teachers were mostly male but they gave him his real introduction to nonfiction.
Anyway, I am thrilled that my Oinkette and Oinkling love books as much as I do. I love that they love science books, and history books and everything really. I am proud to say the I am raising a pair of devoted readers and budding writers.
For young writers who, what, when, where, why and how is a good starting place. I don't know if Oinkette will enter the contest again this year but if she does she'll have my whole hearted support. What else can I say. Like mother; like daughter.