I have a few students in my class who enjoy going to the writing centre almost every day. At the table they use the crayons and colours available to create and write their books. They draw, they copy words from the board, they write their names and weave stories around their pictures. They are excited about their writing and with creating messages of their own. They enjoy sharing their efforts with their friends and with me.
Their enjoyment and exploration leads me to think of a time when children did not have the opportunity to experiment with the written word. These children were never exposed to crayons, pens and paper. Instead they were prohibited from entering the enchantment of the written word and of expressing themselves on paper. Experimentation with letters was allowed only among the select few.
I am happy to live in an age where we all have the right to write. From a young age we can experiment with writing down our thoughts, our feelings, our experiences on paper. And at this moment, I am thrilled to create the opportunities for children to pursue their right.
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Write)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013