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Creating Digital Comic Strips with MakeBeliefsComix.com Encourages Children to Write, Read, and Express Thoughts

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Creating Digital Comic Strips with MakeBeliefsComix.com Encourages Children to Write, Read, and Express Thoughts

If you're a parent looking for a way to deal with a child home from school who says she's bored and doesn't know what to do, look no further: MakeBeliefsComix.com to the rescue.

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NEW YORK, July 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- If you're a parent looking for a way to deal with a child home from school who says she's bored and doesn't know what to do, look no further: MakeBeliefsComix.com to the rescue.

The free comic generator offers youngsters the opportunity to create digital comic strips on any web or mobile device which they can print and email to friends and families. Creating comic strips is the perfect way to help youngsters retain their writing and reading skills while school is out, and at the same time use their imaginations and communicate their ideas through their comic stories.

Best-selling author Bill Zimmerman, the creator of MakeBeliefsComix, says, ''The best educators understand that playing is learning. Parents and teachers can use the process of creating comic strips to encourage youngsters to practice language, reading, writing, and communication skills. The site also shows teachers and educational therapists how to use comics to teach English, to work with children with special needs, such as those on the Autism Spectrum.''

Zimmerman adds, ''Comic strips provide a perfect vehicle for learning and practicing language. Each strip's three or four panels provide a finite, accessible world in which funny, interesting looking characters live and go about their lives. And children with limited reading skills are not as overwhelmed in dealing with the size of a comic strip as they may be with a book of many pages. Comic strips also don't require long sentences or paragraphs to tell a good story. Only a few words are required for the characters to go about their lives and reveal their stories. And, anyone who sees a blank talk or thought balloon floating over the head of a character wants immediately to fill it in with words and thoughts; doing so is the beginning step to telling a story.''

MakeBeliefsComix.com has won citations from the New York Times, HuffPost News, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), TeachersFirst, the Parents' Choice Award and The Goethe Institut. At the site, users can build online comic strips using scores of fun characters and fill in blank talk and thought balloons with text. The site also offers hundreds of free printables to encourage writing and free interactive e-books into which readers can type their thoughts from their computer screens. The New York Times Learning Network recently recommended MakeBeliefsComix.com as a resource in a lesson plan for teachers on using comics in the classroom to teach current events.

The creator of MakeBeliefsComix.com is Bill Zimmerman, who has written more than two dozen books for children and parents, including the best-selling Lunch Box Letters: Writing Encourage Words to Youngsters and Pocket Doodles for Kids. For many years he created and edited the nationally syndicated Student Briefing Page of the News for Newsday newspaper which was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

 

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