Writing is an effective way of reaching out to people. It helps to communicate our thoughts and make people believe of something. For children particularly to elementary students, writing is one of the most integral parts of learning in which the basic skills of a child is determined and enhanced.
In some places, the Common Core Standards in Learning has been adopted for improving the writing skills of children. That is even beyond the curriculum today but since there is a strict group of people who managed to include this on the curriculum, the only thing that educators can do is to adopt it.
Today, writing skills for kids is no longer a lone topic but it is already integrated to almost all areas in the academics. For most children, writing is one of the hardest tasks. They are usually struggle in starting a paragraph as well as ending it. Difficulty in writing does not just happen among children and amateurs, even among professional writers. They also have troubles when it comes to writing. What makes writing harder for them is that it has no fixed mechanics on how to do things. This is one reason most students are discouraged to write.
While it is challenging to put your thoughts into words, organizing your thoughts and giving direction to what you have written is much more difficult. In this case, you would see many parents who support and enhance the writing skills of their children by teaching them on a house basis. Once the parents are involved in the learning process, there is a higher possibility that the child will be motivated to study and learn.
In order to improve the writing skills on kids, you may consider the following tips:
1. Hand over a variety of fun materials for your kids. You can provide them with writing children’s books available in the market. See to that the materials are attractive to keep them doing it. The children writing board must also be engaging enough.
2. Set aside a space at home that is intended for writing alone. It must be free from any distractions.
3. Prepare for vocabulary words for your kids to learn during the week. Your kid must use the word in all his written work. Select words that are great starters and monitor your child if he is able to apply the vocabulary word in his every day communication.
4. Make writing an academic core area for learning at home.
5. Motivate your child to write and provide the benefits of doing such. Encourage him to write his own fictional story or either a letter to his crush. For any purpose, you should instill to your kid the many things that writing can do.
6. Allow using technology for writing. Let your child use e-mail for sending a letter to a friend.
7. Let your child observe you while you write. You must be a good role model while setting a good example of a well-written piece. Talk with him about your work and let him comment on it. Make as much as written work with a variety of purposes such as business letter, journal page and many more.
8. Determine his passion for writing. If he is interested in creative stories then let him makes one. Creative writing for kids may be more challenging but if they enjoy doing it, then they will learn faster.
9. Commend your child for doing his best in writing.
10. Allow a specific time to write. Writing must be done in schedule.
11. Brainstorm with your child a topic he wants to write about.
12. Use games to lighten the mood and motivate your child.
13. Tell him to take note the parts of writing he finds difficult. Note-taking is an essential way of putting into account the important things you have learned for the day.
14. Put a message board in some parts of the house for family members to write on.
15. Encourage him to write letters and send e-mails to his closest friends on school and even to relatives.
16. Motivate him to write a daily journal. Aside from the fact that journal is a great source of inspiration, that can also be your way of knowing his activities and feelings for the day.
17. Respond well to the writing output of your child.
18. Praise him often for what he did. Positively, point out the best output he made.
19. Practice with your child in writing. Let him do your way.
20. Avoid writing in his behalf. He should learn to write his way.
Children’s writing is an essential part of their whole learning process.
To make these tips effective, there must be guidance and support from parents. Along these processes, the effort of parents must go hand in hand with the will of the child to learn.