Follow Friday – Get Kids Writing!

Sort Your Story software is a great tool for kids to use when starting their family history. Why? Because it offers them the opportunity to focus on one ancestor at a time. They can create and complete one profile with all the records, photographs, and stories they have at their disposal. Focusing on one ancestor at a time benefits kids and their research and writing because…….

  • It allows them to accomplish a task and feel good about completing a project.
  • It allows them to see the gaps in their research.
  • It allows them to create a list of the records and details they need to find.
  • Focusing on one ancestor (or themselves) allows kids to write short stories or make comments about that individual which can be used later to write a longer, more detailed story.

Where is a good place for a child to begin in Sort Your Story? With themselves! Help your child sit and complete a profile on themselves. Within each record folder they add to their profile, encourage them to write a short story about themselves.

Need help with some ideas? We found a blog A Reel Cool Summer that offers 14 weeks of writing prompts for kids ages 5 and up, to write about their summer vacation. Use these prompts to get kids writing. They can use these pieces in their personal profile and the ideas to write about other ancestors. What do I mean by this? Have the child create a profile for themselves and then one for each parent. After they write their summer vacation prompts, you as the parent, should write also. The child can then compare and contrast their experiences with yours which will make the profiles and future stories even richer.

So what are you waiting for? Purchase and download Sort Your Story today if you have not already done so and start profiling and writing! Let us know what you think about the software and writing prompts. How did they help you and your child get started or continue your family history? We’d love to hear from you!

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