10 Tips to Encourage and Teach your kids to WRITE.
In the era of technology when kids are often being seen using computers and smartphone faster than adults, it's a challenge to get them writing using a pen and a book. But not to forget writing will never be replaced as it's an important form of communication.
Writing is an engaged learning process as it involves hand-eye coordination and one needs to put considerable effort to get a good handwriting. It is sometimes exhausting both mentally and physically.
It is a process which starts from knowing letters, words, forming sentences and then recreating them on paper in any particular language. Kids may get frustrated in this process of learning and the different shapes, lettering and styles and can be confusing to their little minds.
Getting them interested in writing can be a challenge to the parents. Needless to say, parents play a very important role in moulding the little hands which will help them to be fine young writers.
Let's check out few points which will help you to make it easier.
It is important to create a good space for the child to write i.e. a desk and a chair which is comfortable. The room should have sufficient light. Also provide them with the writing material such as pen, pencil, eraser, sharpener, a book or a paper.
Make your child see you writing:
Kids always want to do things what elders do. Use this in your advantage and make your kid see you writing. This is part of the habit building process through visual simulation. You can become their source of inspiration and also a role model for them to get motivated to write.
Ask her to write her name:
You can start by encouraging her to write her name and the names of the family members in different styles. Draw a family tree to make it more fun..
Involve her in the day to day activities which needs writing:
Help her write the traditional way of letter writing to relatives. Encourage her to write birthday cards, make grocery lists, write messages to family and friends or just appreciation cards for people she knows. Bringing positive emotions to the process makes children do more and get involved in creating even positive results.
Make a journal of her writing:
Wouldn't it be awesome to make a book of her scribbling and writing and make her the author of the same. This will encourage her to write more and add the same in the her book.
Encourage her copying:
Ask her to copy interesting facts, poems and inspirational quotes in a book. It will create interest in her to increase the content of the diary. This will increase her vocabulary. This is an indirect way of getting kids to start reading new content from various sources.
Write a daily diary:
Encourage her to write a diary and make a note interesting moments of her day. This helps storytelling and increases visualization skills in a child. Reflecting back on the day, children develop a habit of introspecting their choices or actions.
Praise her writing:
Always give feedback on your child's writing. And then do not forget to praise the efforts of the little hands. You can provide them with creative tools like calligraphy pens and other mediums to experiment with their writing skills.
Read her stories:
Reading stories together will stimulate your child's brain to learn more words and build her content for writing.
And lastly, do not write for your child:
Teach your child to take responsibility for her own task. Do not help her with her unfinished homework or assignment. By this, you are making your child take ownership of the work and become accountable.
Your efforts taken at a young age will make a big impact and difference in your child's life!
An enthusiastic individual, focussed professional and someone who lives life with a strong positive outlook are just a few words to describe Swati Sandhane.
Having completed her Masters in Business Management, working as a HR professional with a IT firm and handling responsibilities in a happy marriage for 4 years Swati recently welcomed her first child 5 months back. As a new mother everything is the first time and Swati is now honing her mommy skills very well.
While she intends to get back to work she also wants to share her experience in baby care and all other factors which are related to baby and mother well being.
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