Writing — Advice on helping Children to Write.
In today’s technological world, children aren’t given many opportunities to practise and improve their writing. It takes time to develop strong writing skills, and it can be a tough task to accomplish. Here are some ideas that can help improve children’s writing skills.
Regular reading is a stepping stone to better writing and helps strengthen their writing skills. It also assists with vocabulary and shows them different ways of using words. This also makes it easier for them to use these words in their own writing. For younger children, picture books are a great idea. To be faced with just pages and pages of words can put some children off.
All writers will tell you reading is important and encouraging them to pick up a book or even a tablet is a great step. Authors will tell you if you don’t read you can’t write when it comes to stories.
Make it fun!
Playing games and activities that encourage writing. Crossword puzzles and word games are great. The “write the word” game: where they search for items and write down the word when they find each item.
Today, writing letters is a bit of a lost art. Encourage your child to write letters to friends or family members and in particular, thank you letters at Christmas and on Birthdays. It’s a great way to work on improving writing skills. Older family members love to have a hand written letter.
The younger generation may not know about pen-pals these are not only a way of encouraging writing but can be a way of making lifelong friends. If the pen-pal lives in another country it is a source of learning about other nationalities and countries.
Keeping a diary is a great way to express thoughts and ideas and making another opportunity to form a daily story.
Getting children to write about their hobbies or pets is another good exercise.
Writing is an incredibly important practical life skill. Developing great writing skills requires lots of time and patience. Reading, frequent writing time in a special writing area, and incorporating fun writing activities and games will all go a long way to giving writing skills a boost.