Encouraging your child to love writing is the most challenging task for teachers and parents.
However, writing skills are essential for success in school, jobs, and any field of learning, so it's important to make the extra effort.
Here are six practical and easy ways to get your child to love writing, especially if he or she is under 5 years of age.
1. Set up a writing station
Your first step is to set up a writing station where their writing materials should be kept in an orderly manner. The writing station should be attractive to gain the child's interest in coming back frequently. Consider using decorative stickers and different colours to attract their attention.
2. Start simple
Preschool children may seem reluctant to writing if it feels difficult, so begin by teaching your child how to write their name in a way that is fun. Use different techniques, such as cutting letters and different coloured marker pens to help your child scramble the letters, until they can write perfectly.
3. Online writing games
Online games are the perfect challenge if your child enjoys interactive learning. Keyboard games are great as not only do they teach your child how to write, but they also teach them how to type faster. Educational writing games are available online, and most are free to use.
4. Creative activities
Research shows that teaching your child to write does not necessarily have to start with a pen and paper. Different activities or fun writing games can help them to enjoy writing, such as paper cutting to make letters and using fingers to illustrate how different letters are supposed to be written.
Children enjoy listening to interesting stories and folktale stories work best with children when it comes to writing. It motivates and inspires them to get into the active writing of what is narrated, and so they will be cooperative and happy when it comes to the actual writing.
Consider starting any writing session with a story to activate the child's mind so that he or she can grab the writing art quickly. You can also dictate some words for them to write.
6. Appreciate the child
This may seem less important, but appreciation plays a significant role when it comes to encouraging your child to love writing. When they make even a slight improvement in writing, ensure that you do something small to appreciate them. This will motivate them to make further improvement and even try to do the writing independently.
Avoid scolding the child when a mistake is done, but rather try to correct the mistake with a light voice to make the child understand more.
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