I was just thinking about a writing exercise to connect with Martin Luther King Day. It occurred to me that I should encourage all of you to always begin with the Braindropping activity that was the first post on my blog.
Whether you are an adult who wants to write creatively or a teacher/parent who wants to share the joy of writing with kids, start at the beginning. Everyone has so much background knowledge that's locked inside.
So, before you start an exercise that ties in with Martin Luther King's dream, make sure to braindrop the word "dream." The braindropping activity will always be visible on this blog!
What is your dream? What do your kids dream about? If you're a teacher, remember to set up boundaries so you don't have any nightmare stories but encourage the kids to have fun.
Share one of your own dreams with your class first. When you share the kids will want to share too. That makes me think of another thing! Start every writing activity with fun conversation. Play with words as you talk. Throw in some words that the kids may or may not know. Rhyme from time to time!