If I said that today was a bed of roses I would not be telling the truth! Today was certainly a challenge, for both the kids and I, but we made it!
Authors and Illustrators is meant to bring out the creativity in our Imaginators by tapping into both their writing and artistic skills. It really is what Camp Imaginators is all about..Literature and Art joining forces to create magic!
The younger Imaginators (5 to 7 years) are writing a book entitled "All about Me". They are simply spelling their names and naming one thing they like which begins with each letter in their name. The older Imaginators, in the 5 to 7 years age group, are writing more of an autobiography. Their name, date of birth, what they like to do, nick names etc.
I started the day by discussing the task at hand and then, with the assistance of Aunty Olivia, each child was helped with naming something they liked beginning with each letter in their name or writing a short autobiography. They children then used stencils to write one letter of their name per page and then it was off to Arty Pants Studio for illustration.
My older Imaginators were challenged to put their imagination and creative writing skills to the test. Aunty Natalia gave a good jump start by discussing the parts of a book and having the children list the genres of books they like to read. I took a quick walk over to the art room to explain the difference between Fiction and Non-Fiction and assist the children in creating the titles for their books. I explained that readers are drawn to interesting titles. "What title will make a reader grab your book off the shelf?" Here are some of the interesting titles they came up with:
...tomorrow...we continue to WRITE and ILLUSTRATE!