A was an Apple Pie

A was an apple pie B bit it. C cut it. D dealt it. … and so on The rhyme goes back at least to the eighteenth century and has always intrigued me -all those verbs, all those things to be done with an apple pie. Sandy Brownjohn suggests the alphabet as a manageable frame … Continue reading A was an Apple Pie

I’d Rather Be …

This little rhyming game is described in Sandy Brownjohn’s  The Ability to Name Cats. It starts out as an oral game but can be transferred to individual writers. The game can be played with any number of players. Each person takes it in turn to supply a line using the pattern ‘I rather be  … than … … Continue reading I’d Rather Be …

‘Two workmen muttering’

In his book, Learning by Teaching, Donald Murray characterises the act of writing as a muttered conversation between two people at a workbench:  The act of writing might be described as a conversation between two workmen muttering to each other at the workbench.  The self speaks, the other self listens and responds. The self proposes, the other self … Continue reading ‘Two workmen muttering’

Alibi

Not all writing happens on paper or screen. We spend a lot of time dreaming, thinking, re-arranging, experimenting. When we are planning for writing with children we can think about ways in which we can experiment with language and try out ideas before we set pen to paper.  Alibi is a game that is not … Continue reading Alibi