We couldn’t agree more with Gail E. Tompkins. As a professor of literacy and early education at California State University and author of numerous books touting the benefits of learning composition skills from an early age, Prof. Tompkins has consistently acknowledged the importance creative writing carries in early childhood education.
Prof. Tompkins outlines seven unique reasons why children should write stories. These are:
- to provide entertainment for the child and others
- to foster artistic expression
- to explore functions and values of writing
- to stimulate imagination
- to clarify thinking processes
- to search for and identify the child’s identity
- to improve reading and writing skills
Well documented as pillars of early education, these seven benefits greatly affect how children learn, express themselves and think critically later in their development.
We’re big fans of Prof. Tompkins’ work at Lulu Jr. as we continue to work toward our mission to inspire creativity, strengthen literacy skills and build self-esteem among children with Lulu Jr.’s Education Programs. Our free book-publishing programs support writing and language arts curriculum through project based learning, communication and collaboration.
We love being a part of early education and sharing the findings and research from established educators like Prof. Tompkins. We hope you’ll take the time to explore Lulu Jr.’s Education Programs by visiting http://www.lulujr.com/teachers.php.