Children’s Author Supports National Literacy Trust’s Children’s Diary Campaign Initially thrilled at news of the NLT project aiming to encourage children in their personal writing, as reported in an article on the BBC website ( ‘Author Jacqueline Wilson Backs Children’s Diary Campaign’) , my delight was diminished somewhat when I saw the following: ‘Girls are three times as likely as boys to keep a diary’ (Research … Continue reading Boys Writing For Their Own Good
The Reflective Writing Workshops timetable for 2017 is now ready! Mental Health is a subject increasingly in the news and I would like the 2017 Writing Workshops to play a part in addressing an issue that affects us all either directly or indirectly. So many people are affected by mental health issues of one kind or another….remembering that stress, anxiety and deep emotional upset fall … Continue reading Writing Workshops for 2017
‘What planet are they on?’ we mutter in exasperation. A child gazing out of the window can be a heart-sinking moment for a teacher or parent. We educators like to think everything we place before our pupils is engaging and stimulating but there will always be someone who mentally ‘checks out’ from time to time. A better question to ask might be, ‘Where do … Continue reading When a child daydreams, where do they go?
Some might say that if it’s our private diary, then does it matter if it’s an edited version. Continue reading Paper Mirror:How Honest a Diary Writer Are You?
Whether it’s making a list or keeping a diary, covering the fridge with post-its or writing a heartfelt letter that will never be sent, who hasn’t felt the benefit of writing something down? Writing….and often writing that will never be seen by others….has been shown to be beneficial to the mental health and well-being of the writer. It can help to overcome anxiety, reduce … Continue reading The Reflective Writing Group