Along with the math problems and biology lessons, it is vital for each young child to master his/her own mother tongue. Even if the child is born and grows up in an environment where this particular language is the official one, children still need a lot of practice. Especially when it comes to writing. Whereas talking comes naturally and reading is somehow easier, acquiring writing skills requires a lot of practice as well as the proper tuition. Even though schools provide these, being a caring and loving parent you can contribute to your child’s quest in becoming a good writer.
Ideas To Get Kids Writing
There are certain things you can do at home, which will definitely help your offspring. For example, talk about new things that have been encountered during the day. Discuss what was smelled, heard, tasted, etc. Help your child expand his/her vocabulary. This is the key point to writing better, like having a wide arsenal of words.
Let your child follow your example. Be both a teacher and a role model. Try to be seen writing more often. Provided that you are never seen writing, your kid might assume that writing is a tedious activity that only happens at school. Write memos, letters or even fridge notes. Read aloud and make corrections. This is in support of the necessity for revision.
Offer and provide as much help as possible. Discuss the ideas they have and give them useful hints. Guide them through the process by pointing out both the dos and don’ts. Assist them in completing their school writing tasks. Discuss what ideas they have and with just a little help you will discover what your child wants to say (write) but can’t seem to find the right words. Additional help must be provided especially when it comes to punctuation and correct spelling. Be more of a helper than a critic. After all, your aim is to help, not to discourage. And a child could be easily discouraged if criticized too much.
Provide your kid with a personal writing space, something like a study of his/her own. Even if it is not a whole room, at least a small table in a quiet place of your home, preferably next to a window, so that s/he could daydream and think of nice ideas.
Encourage your son/daughter to write, by giving them fine presents, associated with writing. This is the moment to use your own imagination, as they might vary from: pens and pencils of different colors, a desk lamp, paper for writing (again, choose ones with different colors), booklet for a daily journal, a certain dictionary (or a thesaurus for older children when they are seeking for the right word).
Do not demand, but rather encourage frequent writing. There are times when the child might have an inspiration, and others when there is no inspiration at all. Be understanding.
Focus and emphasize on the successes, not the flaws. Praise your child’s good work and refrain from being harsh on him/her because of the errors. However, do comment on and correct them. Make writing interesting. If you have more time to spend with your child, assign him/her certain topics to write about, but stick to things that are of his/her interest, something s/he is interested in and fond of.
Ask your child to contribute with making up shopping lists, birthday and holiday cards, notes to friends, taking telephone messages, preparing invitations, etc. Writing for real purposes makes the child feel important and relied on. This will help him/her see that there really is a lot of sense in being able to write well.
Start with the writing activities from an early age. Who knows, your successor might have the talent to become a writer, and you will have to help him/her discover and develop that talent.
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