Entries by Rebecca Stonehill


Favourite things

The school where I do my voluntary creative writing workshops throws up a whole new set of interesting challenges. Yesterday the two major challenges I had to contend with were that firstly the lighting was really, really poor in the classroom, reliant on the natural light that filtered in through the not-very-large windows. Secondly, my […]

, Teacher, teacher rhyme time

When I’m doing poetry with children, I try to encourage them to be open to not making a poem rhyme. Because they don’t, of course, have to. And some of my very favourite poems are non-rhyming which is of course very different from being non-rhythmic. There is also a tendency for children to pluck any […]

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Entry with Audio

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, Physical Descriptions

If I’ve learnt anything through writing with children, it’s to keep the premise of the sessions simple and then watch as the magic unfolds under its own steam. I’m currently rediscovering the wonder of The Hobbit with my eldest daughter and the richness of the language gave me an idea for a workshop this week. […]


An anthem to childhood

This year marks the centenary of the birth of wonderful poet and playwright, Dylan Thomas. Several months ago, I discovered a new poem by him called Being But Men. Astonishingly, Thomas never rated this poem highly himself and declined to have it included in his first anthology of poems in the 1950’s. For me, Being But Men is […]


Taking on a character

                                When working with characterisation, drama provides the perfect medium to bring into workshops. Today, after a character brainstorm, we all took on the persona of someone from the book we are reading at the moment and then had a ‘cocktail party’, […]


The Magic Box

There is one workshop that I have used again and again with all kinds of different children and it honestly never fails to amaze me what they produce by the end of it. This is largely thanks to the richness of Kit Wright’s wonderful poem ‘The Magic Box.’ I take along my own magic box […]


Story Maps

Having three children means I get to test lots of my workshop ideas out on them which can be really helpful. This week, I worked with the top class of a kindergarten (equivalent to Year 1), “making a story” and trying this out with my kids first proved invaluable. To “make” this story, we created […]


I wonder

I am three quarters of the way through my Coursera online course, Teaching character and creating positive classrooms, and at the moment we’re focussing on building the teaching of character strengths into lesson plans. With this in mind, today at the after-school club we spent quite a lot of time thinking about ‘Curiosity’, what it means and […]