As a tutor, I have noticed overtime that in India most of the parents are found to be more inclined towards subjects like Maths and Science. Ofcorse, these are two of the most important subjects to be monitored in school, however we cannot undermine the importance of other academic skills in kids. One such skill which I feel which is greatly undermined by one and all is “Writing skills”
In schools, the writing skill of a child is at most tested in the form of an essay or a para-writing which may be clocked against time (generally 15-20 minutes) wherein hurriedly kids write and submit just for the sake of it. In this way they are not learning to write but sadly they just learn that writing is boring, tough and troublesome
Writing skill is not developed in one day, it needs to be instilled from early age. Today, Let’s explore some very effective yet simple tricks to make your kids love writing…and believe me it cant get easier!
Read, Read and Read
They say the best writers are passionate readers. Read to your child every single day and when I say a child, it may be as grown up as a fifth grader and as young as a one month old. Just choose a book which is above the reading ability of your child and make it a routine to read at a fixed time of the day. Every child needs to be directed into a creative zone. Choose a book carefully as it should attract the attention of your child. For instance, if a toddler is crazy about Animals, then definitely animal stories would appeal to him and if another child likes cars, let him hear some car adventures. Reading habits are instilled in kids at a very early stage, so make sure earlier you start the better it is.
Acknowledge and celebrate early writing
When your two-year-old scribbles, yes that’s the moment to be celebrated. Every scribble by these tiny hands is worth your appreciation, Afterall scribbling is the naivest form of writing. When your three-year-old draws broken letters, Celebrate, praise and apricate him! And once your kindergartner draws a picture, yes that writing too is to be celebrated!
Incorporate and encourage Art in Writing
When children initially begin to read, their stories mainly compromise of pictures. In a very similar way kids love to draw and dictate a story around it. Don’t panic if your 3 years old is not yet writing his ABC’s, as every child takes his own time to get into structured writing. Till then focus on their drawings and broken lines and circles. As they mature, they’ll still like to illustrate their stories or add elaborations with stamps and stickers. Older children may fancy drawing comics to tell their stories.
Let your kid see you write
It’s said that kids may not follow your directions but they definitely imitate your actions. Let your kid watch you write a grocery list, write sticky notes to be put on your refrigerator, write note for his lunch box and so on and so forth. Show him whatever you write and he would follow the suite.
Kids don’t need expensive toys or fancy things to be taught basic tasks, Simple Household chores can do wonders in building vocational skills. It’s the simplest hack of all!!
Give your child access to multiple writing equipments
Learning while playing, yes you heard it right! Give your youngsters pens, chalk, paint, and markers. Get huge pads of newspaper, a sheet, or a dry erase board. Once your kid is aware of her letters, place her at the laptop/tablet build the font huge and bright, let her try her hand at the keyboard too, but while doing this be very cautious not to exceed their overall screen time as its said excessive scree time can lead to developmental delays in kids.
Create a dedicated writing space at home
Set up a quiet corner for your kid to write. An encouraging seating arrangement definitely helps to build a healthy writing environment for the child. The dimensions of the chair table should be appropriate as per the height of the kid so that he is comfortable placing her forearm in the right manner to begin her writing journey. A comprehensive study bag includes pens and pencils, pads of paper and envelopes, a notebook, and a dictionary applicable for your child’s age.
Schedule quality writing time into your day
Don’t prompt your kid regard what to write. Let him judge and ponder what he wants to write about. The main purpose of teaching writing to kids is to prompt them towards independent thinking and eventually writing out of their own creativity.
Give your kid writing time as much as possible. It takes multiple writing sessions over a period of time to develop a healthy writing habit. Rome was not built in a day and so does any kind of habit in kids. If your kid is resistant, use your best judgment. As per me,3 days every week of 20-40 minutes (depending on age) is best than 5 days of simply ten minutes every day.
Always Remember never compromise your kids physical play time especially in their younger days as physical play is very essential for strengthening core muscles and promoting fine motor skills in kids.
Offer your kid real writing experiences.
Older kids can definitely be given a real writing experience by letting them write the grocery list, vacation packing list, addresses on envelopes, menu for a party or thank you notes.
It all give them exposure towards realistic writing which somehow helps them build confidence in their writing skills.
Teach your kid to write down altogether completely different genres.
For many people, writing time at college was either “creative” writing to a prompt, or a report. There’s such a lot more to it! Poems don’t ought to rhyme. (A list of sounds you hear outdoors may be a verse form.) Writing down about a past experience maybe a family picnic or a wedding (as the kid remembers it) may be a great way to promote nonfictional writing. A story doesn’t ought to be an original tale, he can retell his favorite tale in writing.
Have realistic expectations grammatical errors and nuances
Grammatical accuracy is a must however not all should be taught at once. Focusing an excessive amount of attention on grammatical errors drain away creative thinking in young writers and destroy enthusiasm in older ones. As your child grows up, you can monitor his spellings and grammatical errors and help him correct the same.
Correcting grammar is not an easy task as not all are masters in writing skills, hence sources like Grammarly comes in really handy. Millions of users rely on Grammarly to make their communications, documents, and social media posts clear, mistake-free, and effective.
Offer support and encouragement.
When your kid is writing, be his supporter and not critic. Talk about the stuff he writes, elaborate on his idea, offer help in terms of punctuations and grammar. Constant support will build his confidence and enhance his writing skills over a period of time.
Try Publishing your kids’ writing
Submit their writing to contests or children’s magazines, allow them to type their writing on the computer. Consider taking their work to publishers to be printed online with various websites. This will boost their confidence and motivate to write further and better.
Kids are like raw clay, we can mould them whichever way we wish to, however we need to realize that every kids’ potential is different and they progress on their own developmental pace. Putting unnecessary pressure on kids may delay their natural growth.
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