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Remembering Eloise Greenfield and Encouraging Future Writers

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Albert Einstein

Great friend of Exchange, Margie Carter, shared this notice of the death of marvelous author of children’s literature, Eloise Greenfield. As Margie said, be sure to listen to her rap video!

Rebecca Giles, in her book, A Young Writer’s World: Creating Early Childhood Classrooms Where Authors Abound, asks early care and education practitioners to encourage the next generation of writers. She explains: “A positive experience sets the tone for future efforts and often leads to a desire to continue writing. It is essential that young children learn in a classroom that promotes and acknowledges their early attempts at writing, while providing numerous experiences worthy of recording in print."

A new Exchange Reflections, "Writing and Dramatic Play: Perfect Partners," based on an article by Giles, provides a wealth of information to discuss about using dramatic play as an inspiration for children's writing.

Here’s an idea: Read some Eloise Greenfield and celebrate her life as a writer. Then help children believe in their own creative abilities by putting into practice some of Rebecca Giles’ wonderful, innovative suggestions from the new Reflections.

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