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Melissa Gijsbers

Add a Zombie…

There is a meme that goes around social media from time to time along the lines of – pick a book/movie and write ‘with a zombie’ to the end. Sometimes the zombie is replaced with chainsaw, or some other creature or object. If your child is having trouble with the […]

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It’s about the story…

We often get asked about encouraging kids to write stories when they struggle with hand writing or are struggling with other aspects of their literacy. We are also asked why we let kids use their laptops or iPads in our sessions, instead of insisting they use paper and pen. It […]

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Start with a Character

When I was sorting out our games cupboard a couple of years ago, I discovered we had multiple sets of Guess Who type games (one was Guess Who, the others were other brands with the same idea). Each set had cards missing… So, I collected all the cards and added […]

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Song Bird Drought Rescue

By Karen Tyrrell Blurb: Rosie, aka Song Bird superhero, must save the outback from the drought.Animals are dying, water’s disappearing, dinosaurs are stampeding, and now Aunt Matty’s kidnapped.Is Destructo behind the devastation?Song Bird follows a secret map to unlock a mystery.Can Song Bird rescue the outback before it’s too late? […]

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Let them write

It can be tempting to hover when our kids are writing and correct their spelling and grammar, as well as push them into writing the sort of story we think they should write. One of the best things to do, is to just let your children write whatever they want, […]

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Before You Submit

You have written a fantastic story and you want to submit it to a competition or to be published in an anthology. There are a few things you need to do before you press submit on your story. Remember, don’t submit your first draft, unless the rules specifically say it […]

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Create an Alien

Creating weird and wonderful characters are a great way to kickstart the imagination, especially when you have nothing to base your character on. Aliens are one character that can be explored as you’re not limited by mythology. Some kids will start with a stereotype of a green man from Mars, […]

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