Writing has become very hard for lots of kids even adults in some cases today.
With the introduction of laptops, tablets and smartphones, most finds it hard to hold a pencil or form letters.
That is why as a parent, it is very important for you to learn how to help your child to write from home.
Here are 6 tips to help you teach your child to write:
No kid will start writing letters properly with a pencil or a crayon at once. They will start writing only when the colours and patterns amuse them. Start off by showing them how to make random signs by using slate and chalk or magnetic doodle pads. Another exciting way to get a toddler interested in writing is by using sand, salt or wheat flour to draw random signs and letters and encouraging them to follow.Fun
Developing Hand Muscles
Developing hand muscles is an important step in getting your child to write more and more. Playing with things such as clay or play-doh and holding different things with their hands will strengthen the hand muscles.
Enjoy Play Time
Your child can practice writing letters in mashed potatoes, sugar, flour or even shaving cream. Spread whatever substance you use on a table, in a shoebox lid or on a plate. Have your child use his pointer finger to draw letters and even write small words. Help him remember to move from top to bottom and left to right. Writing this way will help him learn how it feels to make the letters without having to worry about how to hold his pencil or crayon.
Use Raised Lines
Sometimes kids can’t feel themselves making letters when they write. Using raised line paper and textured surfaces can help. To get a textured surface, have your child put his paper on top of something bumpy, like sandpaper or a rough plastic placemat. If he needs to feel the lines with his pencil, ask his teacher for some lined paper or use wide-ruled notebook paper. Then trace the lines with fabric paint or school glue and let them dry. Your child’s pencil will “bump” the lines when he writes.
If your child has trouble staying within the lines when making tall letters (like “T”) and letters with tails (like “y”), it may help to make the lines easier to see. Use three different colored markers or highlighters to trace the top, middle and bottom lines on lined paper. This can help your child remember that tall letters start at the red line (for instance), small letters stay between blue and yellow and letters with a tail dip below the yellow.
Limit Digital Tools
Digital tools are something that you should make your kid stay off from during the initial years. Getting hooked on mobile phones will make them lose interest in writing. Also, avoid teaching them how to write on a tablet. This will not allow them to develop proper grip and control with a pencil or a pen. Although our lifestyle today is dominated by technology and it is impossible to keep a child away from them completely, it is worthwhile to restrict their exposure to the digital enhancements.
Set Good Example
“Ooooh boy. Here she goes, telling me to put my phone down!” Well, yes, but it’s more than that. I’m as guilty as anybody of being on my phone a lot when I’m with my kids (occupational hazard of blogging and running an online business). But I strongly encourage you to be intentionally FULLY ENGAGED with your child during some of their playtimes and during your daily routines and to look for opportunities to talk about letters and numbers and to practice writing in play and in everyday life.
Give your kiddo a voided check and let him write on it while playing grocery store. Practice number recognition by letting your kiddo find and push the button in elevators. Help your child make post-it note name tags for his stuffed animals (you write, he names and sticks them on his furry friends). Play I-spy with letters in a magazine in the doctor’s office waiting room or the grocery store aisle.
Climbing, sliding, swinging, hanging, pushing, pulling, digging, jumping, rolling, and running: these are all ways that your child develops the strength, coordination, sensory processing, and self-regulation skills for reading and writing. Outside is best, but there are certainly ways to do active play indoors
Use these tips and help our child to start writing. These may be the best gift you’ll ever give to our child.
About The Author
Emmanuel Asiedu is a Content Writer and a Home Tuition Analyst at Excellent Home Classes.
He helps connect parents and students to expert tutors all over the country.
You can reach him at www.excellenthomeclasses.com