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Do you want your kids to write like Hemingway or Thackeray? You should not rely on the chance dreaming that they have some inborn skills that will eventually make them good writers.
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As responsible parents, you need to remember that writing skill should be developed as well as any other type of skill, and if we are talking about small kids, you are the one who need to contribute to the development of those skills.
The first thing that you need to remember that kids are not the adults and they perceive the process of education in a different way. To teach them something, you do not need to read them tutorials and guidelines, learn rules by heart and ask them to retell what they’ve read. You need to transform studying into a game and make it a part of your everyday activity. For example, if your kids see that you read books every day, they will consider that this happens in each family, just like the hot milk before the night sleep and morning routine.
Thus, we may define two basic approaches to teaching your child to write that will become the basis for your strategy:
Make it a kind of a game
Make it a part of your everyday routine
Now, let’s dive into the details of teaching kids to write. These are 5 steps that you can easily implement every day without extra preparation and necessity to buy some expensive books and hire teachers.
Have you ever noticed how exactly you communicate with your spouse and your kids at home? What kind of vocabulary do you use? Do your kids hear the same words every day or you try to enrich their vocabulary with some new and unexpected phrases and word combinations? If you want your kids to love writing, the first thing that you need to do is to inculcate them love to words. Thus, when you talk to them, they need to hear a plenty of words with different meanings and even shades of meanings, and if some cases you need to explain to them why those words are different and how exactly they should use them.
Kids are not afraid to make mistakes, but they are afraid they will do something wrong and you will get disappointed. Thus, you should always be supportive and explain to kids the mistakes that they make. Never chastise a child because of his mistakes and never punish a child because he has written a word wrong.
From the psychological point of view, it is very important for a kid to have his or her own place where he will work. Many parents make a mistake forgetting to make zones in a child’s room, thus he or she mixed up everything. Besides, it is important to make this place comfortable. Forget about too high decks and chairs, select the furniture that corresponds height and age of your kid.
Children, as well as some adults, love stationary. If you want to make your kid love writing, take care of the pens, pencils, and notebooks that you buy. It should always be better to choose bright colors, some funny prints, and good quality. Just imagine how disappointed your child will be if you give him a simple grey pencil and a write sheet of paper. Would he like to write? We bet he wouldn’t.
One of the main rules is that you should never make writing an obligation, this must be just like a game though you need to encourage your kid to write every day. Make it step by step, starting with a couple of sentences or even words and moving up to the bigger passages. The more fun your writing game is, the more your kid will anticipate it the next day. You should understand what games makes your kid feel happy and what treats encourage him or her to ask you a pen to write something.
A few more tips to wrap up everything said above. It’s better to start working on the writing skill since the very first years so that it became something your kid cannot imagine his life. If he or she gets used that every day you write a couple of words, he will easily write a couple of sentences later. Besides, it’s better to never set limits on writing. For instance, if your kid does not want to rewrite passages from the book that you’ve given to him, but wants to write something on his own or rewrite something different, allow him to do that. And remember that we all start with small steps, and there is no need to rush your kid to write masterpieces. That will come with time, so enjoy your kid’s childhood!
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