WRITING stories is an invaluable way for young children to express their creativity, says psychologist Gae Oaten.
Ms Oaten has started the Amaze of Story initiative whereby she works with young students to find their creative voices and share their imagination through stories.
The results are then published and returned to the students.
Ms Oaten recently finished a five-week workshop with Bassendean Primary School students.
‘Stories are what we tell each other and it is how we get to know the world,’ Ms Oaten said.
‘It provides students with confidence to communicate and is very important, but there is such a tense focus on testings in schools, that when they do creative writing it is very structured.
‘They have a lot of freedom. Once they get started they really get stuck into it.’
The program is modelled on a similar idea founded in San Francisco and brought to Australia by a Sydney couple.
Ms Oaten said she planned to continue the workshops directly with schools as well as offering the program to interested students outside the school setting.
Go to amazeofstory.org.au.