Books, Writing, Reading and Creativity

VIDEO 2

This video is number 2 in the series of 6 which join together. They make a whole discussion of pleasurable book and word experiences that can be offered to children, and which can help develop a love of books, reading, writing and creativity.

The videos are short (about 8 minutes each) and appear on separate pages to minimise the download time of each. Though each video can, hopefully, be enjoyed in isolation by people of all ages - whether 'educators' or just book lovers - it's recommended that you view all six in order. Initially, at least.

Video 2

There are many kinds of books that young children can make themselves. Some prefer to create non-fiction books rather than story books. In this video I show some home-made pop-up books and also discuss reasons why we want children to read, and introduce the idea that many books can be enjoyed without being read - it's worthwhile just to experience them.

The Other Videos...

Number 1 You'll see a glimpse of my studio and a lot of books around my house, and I show books my two children and I constructed when they were both very young.

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Number 3 In this one I'll show you some items from my collection of 'ancient wonders' - books and other pieces of writing from the 17th to 19th centuries.

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Number 4 Most children benefit from more word experiences than just stories - poems, plays, musicals and others. At the end I introduce the concept of 'artists' books' - book structures to stimulate the imagination.

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Number 5 Here I'll show you a lot more different book structures, including easy ones that children can develop for fun, school assignments, or to win competions. You can watch me fold one! I also discuss and show samples of using words as elements of design - creating 'word pictures'.

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Number 6 As you can imagine, at the end, this video has a summary of all six that make up the series. Most of this sixth one, however, shows how to enjoy words and writing through calligraphy and 'word art' - and you can watch me write. Hopefully the instructions will enable people of any age to enjoy 'playing with pens' and 'painting with words'.

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