Whether your child is naturally creative, or not quite there yet, there are ways in which you can raise them to be the most creative version of themselves. By consciously providing them with the right influences, materials and environment, you can help their inner writer and artist blossom.
Some of the wonderful winter writing prompts listed below are intended to inspire kids to engage with their imaginations, creating new magical animals, adventure stories, poems, persuasive essays, reports and short stories. Please feel free to change the type of writing you would like your child to do; the idea is to get them engaged and wanting to write about winter!
When writing feels like a task and a challenge, often event the idea of it can cause reluctant writers to shy away. We’ve found that making writing fun is often the key to making writing stick. If you have a reluctant writer, or perhaps are just looking for fun new ways to engage your child with writing, keep reading! We’ve compiled a list of nine fun ways to practice English writing with your children. Many of these are alternative ways to get children to have fun (and be comfortable) with the idea of writing.
Throughout November, children were challenged to write a report, a story and a poem for The International Writing Cup – 2019! The 10 winners will be sent a Night Zookeeper T-Shirt.
These prompts are designed to spark creativity and imagination within children. We encourage children to think about what they like about the season fall, but also ask them to create characters that would fit within a ‘fall environment’. Other writing ideas encourage the child to write about a memory they have about fall or an opinion they might have about it.
In September 2018 Colt Technology Services partnered with Night Zookeeper to sponsor annual licenses to the nightzookeeper.com platform so that classrooms all across the UK could benefit from our literacy program. The impact has been immense with more students than ever in the UK being able to access the Night Zookeeper literacy platform, which is proven to improve the reading and writing skills of primary-age children. Schools who have enrolled in the program through Colt Technology Services sponsorship have: Given […]
Night Zookeeper co-founder Paul Hutson, details all the ways you can get your child to love writing.
Starting in September 2019, we will be embarking on an exciting US Tour, aiming to visit as many schools as possible in three months!!! We would love to kickstart writing in your school this year by providing FREE creative writing workshops using nightzookeeper.com! The workshop will involve: A special story-telling workshop with a member of the Night Zookeeper team Unique activities and experiences designed to get your most reluctant learners engaged in creative writing We’ll also include: A special training […]
Night Zookeeper is the basis for a literacy platform that inspires children to draw, write and think creatively. Our belief is that too much of the content children consume, leaves little or no room for their own imagination and that in homes and schools, creativity is falling further and further down the list of priorities. We designed Night Zookeeper to remedy this, by enabling teachers and parents to deliver curriculum-based skills in a way that also engages children creatively. Night […]
We’re excited to announce we’ve added new learning games to nightzookeeper.com! The foundation of all great writers is their broad and rich vocabulary. Our new games help children to learn thousands of new words through exciting, personalised activities and games, that feature the animals they create! Here’s a taster of the some of the games children using nightzookeeper.com can look forward to! Word Hunt: Take your animal along with you through the Endless Ocean in a submarine, collecting adjectives as you […]
The Night Zookeeper team are visiting schools all over the UK gathering fantastic ideas for the new animated series on Sky TV! We’ve been delivering story-telling assemblies and creative workshops to get students producing fantastic scripts, amazing characters, and awesome sound FX that could be featured in future episodes of the Night Zookeeper animated series on Sky TV. During the visits, students get to work on our website show.nightzookeeper.com, completing hundreds of different writing and drawing challenges that can inspire […]
We’re excited to be attending Bett 2019 at the ExCel London from January 23rd to 26th! Come visit our stand to get a special free trial of our website nightzookeeper.com, an educational platform that is proven to raise the writing attainment of primary school students. You’ll also hear about how your students can take part in our new animated series with Sky Kids! Finally, we’ll be giving away free Story-telling card games for teachers who post a picture of our stand on Twitter […]
We recently had great fun with a group children from St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in Mortlake when we joined them on a visit to a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning animation studio where they became animators for the day and saw their drawn creations come to life. Visiting the Karrot Animation studios in South East London, the children were taking part in a world-first that is enabling UK school children to feed their ideas directly in to a new […]
The team here at Night Zookeeper is delighted to be giving primary school children across the UK a unique opportunity to use a new (and free!) website to create characters for a soon-to-launch animated TV series in a world first. Of course, Night Zookeeper is already well-known to school children aged seven and above as an award-winning digital platform that encourages literacy and writing, but soon it’ll also be an animated series on Sky Kids! Since making the initial announcement […]
We’re extremely lucky to work with some of the most amazing teachers in the world, as the Night Zookeeper community continues to grow every day! It’s part and parcel of teaching to share ideas and discuss what has worked well and what hasn’t – therefore we thought why not share the stories of some of our incredible Night Zookeeper teachers. This week, our Night Zookeeper Teacher in the spotlight is Matt Peebles. Matt is a fourth-grade teacher based in Illinois […]
Editing and making improvements in writing is a key focus within Literacy teaching at the moment. It is one of the most important stages of the writing process, however, it is also the trickiest to do well. Children can find it very difficult to revise and edit their writing. This is often for a number of reasons: One could be that they have worked hard on their piece of writing: a story or report for example, and are very proud […]
We’re extremely lucky to work with some of the most amazing teachers in the world, as the Night Zookeeper community continues to grow every day! It’s always great to hear about what they’re loving and what they’re finding challenging, as well as how they’re using Night Zookeeper in their unique situations. We thought that it was a little selfish to keep these stories all to ourselves, so we want to start sharing them with you on a weekly basis. This […]
Our community of Night Zookeeper teachers are some of the most awesome people around! Follow some of our official Night Zookeeper Teacher Ambassadors below to see how they are using Night Zookeeper and developing a love of writing in their class. Feel free to ask them questions about how to make the most of the website with your students! Melisa Hayes, 2nd Grade Teacher @hayes_melisa Amy Murch, 4th Grade Teacher @TeamMurch4 Melissa Henderson, 2nd Grade Teacher @giftedgem Alex Ennis, 6th Grade Teacher @Mrs_Ennis_OMS Sara, […]
We’ve created a feature this summer to gamify the process of keeping a reading record. We think this will have a huge impact on student motivation levels as they are rewarded in their Night Zoo account for the amount of reading they are doing ‘offline’. Here are just a few reasons why we’re so excited about the impact of Reading Light: Increased motivation We have seen through early testing of Reading Light that it can inspire students to read more […]
With the launch of nightzookeeper.com 2.0 we added our newest feature, short writing challenges, which are perfect for independent learning. These new writing challenges are all focused on helping to improve the spelling, grammar and vocabulary of students. They are all automatically assessed by our smart algorithm, so you don’t have to moderate any of the writing that students produce. You can simply check in on their performance on your dashboard results table. As students grow their Night Zoo they […]
How to get started? After creating your teacher account it’s now time to get your students started. First, hand out the invitations you downloaded when creating your account. If you don’t have easy access to a printer, you can just show your students the settings screen. Invitations Click settings and “Your Class” to see all student usernames. Next, get students to visit nightzookeeper.com and click the “Students” button. They can […]
We are pleased to report a partnership with the Japanese NPO, YouMeWE. Thanks to this fantastic organisation, Night Zookeeper is now being used by children’s homes in Japan, charity schools in the Philippines, and by children from Syria, in refugees camps. YouMeWe is an NPO based in Japan and focused primarily on the plight of over 30,000 children living in orphanages and children’s homes. Night Zookeeper has provided YouMeWe with free access to NightZookeeper.com for the children that they […]
We were absolutely thrilled to see this fantastic end of year performance from a class at the Taipei European School in Taiwan. They explain so well all about Night Zookeeper and the importance of creativity! Congratulations to all the students involved, their teacher and school for such an imaginative endeavour. We love it! You can watch the perfomance below. 🙂
Gamification is becoming a more and more popular way for teachers to engage and teach students in areas where they may sometimes struggle. Although gamification of the classroom doesn’t neccesarily need tablets, computers etc, this article discusses 3 different websites/apps that use gamification as a tool to engage students and how they can be used in class. We talked to elementary school teacher Sheri Capper about her top 3 gamification ideas to improve literacy skills. (As a Night Zookeeper super […]
Summer is the perfect time for children to explore, go on adventures, and relax away from school. However the holidays are long and children can often forget many of the things they have learned over the course of the year. Though not advocating children to sit down and study, many education experts recommend that exercising the brain lightly over the summer will mean children are much more ready to push on when they get back to school. Children often write […]
We love creative writing at Night Zookeeper. In fact, we love it so much we made an entire website to inspire children to produce creative writing! But sometimes a teacher just needs some exciting prompts to get their student’s imaginations flowing and writing. That’s why we have made this list of 25 creative writing prompts that will get your children inspired and writing in no time! Please check out the list below and try them with your students! You find […]
Introduce nightzookeeper.com to teachers at your school or other educators with this handy slideshare. Inspire amazing writing from ALL your students with nightzookeeper.com from Samuel Davidson
Today we have launched our new awards for writing! Students will now not just be rewarded for how much writing they do, but for all the different types of writing they produce. Students will be able to collect awards such as “Poem” awards and “Newspaper Report” awards, as well as awards for being featured in the Night Times, or taking part in the Star Writing challenge. Each award will give them orbs to collect and use to grow their Night […]
Yes of course! You might expect us to say that, as the creators of nightzookeeper.com, a website that uses elements of gamification to inspire and motivate children to write. However, we realise that there needs to be a good balance as too much gamification can distort the goals of writing and take the emphasis away from the excitement of writing itself, and cause the student to become focused on the reward, rather than the content. It’s important that gamification isn’t […]
On nightzookeeper.com, we are always looking for new ways to make writing fun for kids. That’s why throughout the school year we run lots of fun competitions to get students to practise all kinds of writing as well as to help them learn about different subjects. Every May we run the “Night Zoo Mayoral Election”, which challenges students to create their own Night Zoo Mayor character, alongside their manifesto for the Night Zoo. This helps students to practise persuasive writing, […]
Having created a digital writing platform that makes writing fun for kids, but crucially, uses the internet to connect their work with classes around the world, we understand the importance of e-safety for students at school. Using the internet can connect your class around the world, grow the audience for your student’s work, and help your students to develop into global-minded citizens but it is an area where students should also take care. Below we have listed our top five […]
Welcome to the wonderful world of Night Zookeeper. This blog post has been written to help you get to grips with nightzookeeper.com and give you support throughout your 14-day trial. The perfect 14-day trial! Day 1: Download and print your student invitations (15 mins) These are emailed to your inbox upon registering. You can also download them from your class account page within your settings. They provide very clear instructions to help students get registered on the website, which they […]