Writing is a vital stage in communication that begins with clear and logical thinking. No one is a born writer; it is the persistence and the practice that makes one. You suddenly realize this fact when you read something that could only have been written by a five year old. Then someone tells you that this is the work of a college student or maybe someone more qualified. School reports are always accompanied by such horror stories. Of how students cannot express with clarity or even write a straight sentence. You do not want this happening with your child. So, the best and correct option is to start early, that is, teach writing when your child is young. Though no one is too old to learn writing it helps to start early as children are more likely to take it up as a habit. Writing develops the left brain which makes one think creatively. It helps one in arranging their thoughts and of thinking in a logical frame. When you teach children to write you not only furnish them with a mean to express themselves but also give them an instrument to take their life forward. For, ultimately writing is the foundation of good education. Check out tips on teaching a child to write.
Tips On Teaching A Child To Write
- Reading and writing is interdependent. Without reading the child won’t develop the interest to write. Reading also stimulates the child to write about, say, his or her own family or school life.
- Give a meaningful writing task so that the child can shape his or her thought process.
- Writing requires interest and children will only be interested if they are made to understand that what is being written is of importance. You can make your child write messages, keep records and information and express feelings as these things are easily understandable to them.
- To develop a good writing skill requires practice. The more the practice the better it is.
- Revise what is written. In this way the child will understand what is left out and what needs to be done to make it clearer.
Pointers For Parents
- The ultimate task of parents is to make writing easy and enjoyable.
- Provide your child with a place to write. A good place will encourage him or her to sit down and scribble. Make sure that the place has good lighting and is as far away from any distraction as possible.
- Keep enough materials ready. Materials are the first step in attracting a child. So, provide plenty of papers, pens, pencils and crayons.
- Give plenty of time to your child. The child must think a lot before writing.
- Be responsive. Understand the ideas that your child expresses. Ignore the mistakes to focus on the idea first of all. Once the child can effectively jot down the idea that he or she is thinking then the language can be straightened later.
- Take a positive approach and always praise and say something good about the writing. Gently guide through the mistakes.
Things To Do
- Make the child do real writing. The best way to do this is to make the child write letters to a relative or a friend. The child will be able to visualize more clearly what to write when he knows to whom he is writing and what’s the purpose.
- Make your child develop a habit of taking notes. Make him note down details of any outings or trips or events. In addition to developing their writing this will help in becoming more observant, which is the hall mark of all good writers.
- Discuss or brainstorm with your child. This will help them to put their thoughts in order. Talk with your child about their impressions and help them describe people and events.
- To write regularly encourage your child to keep a journal or dairy. This not only offers good writing practice also provides an outlet for venting feelings.
- Teach your child to love writing. You can do this by making writing fun and important. Show him how to write notes and let him or her mimic you by writing their own.
- Make up stories with your child and teach them to write them down.
- Later you can even give them a scenario and encourage them to build and write a story around it.