Before speaking and reading, ancient people began to draw icons and symbols. This is how writing appeared. And since then, the ability to express one’s thoughts on paper clearly, efficiently, and logically is the most important and determining degree of an educated person’s development in modern society.
From time immemorial, the ability to write has been an integral part of the communication of any nation. People fill out all kinds of official forms and questionnaires. At schools and universities, students write notes, tests, and essays. People draw up contracts and sign declarations, conduct business, and personal correspondence, take phone messages and do administrative work, write research reports and newspaper articles. We express our feelings in books and can’t deny that writing is an important outlet and way of communication.
Here are also some tips for parents to encourage and develop their children’s writing skills:
– Provide your kids with necessary stationery (pencils, crayons, notebook, scissors), materials, place, and help them brainstorm ideas what to write about.
– Encourage small kids to draw and discuss what they have seen, heard, or known while older children bit by bit can be prompt to write. Teach young learners how to write their names and point out the letters in their names when you see them in other places (on signs, in stores, etc.). Start teaching them how to write simple words like “hello”, or “mom”, or “dad”. Crossword puzzles, word search worksheets, word games are great for teaching and developing toddlers’ writing skills.
– Parents are always an example for their kids thus make sure your child sees you writing as often as it is possible. Encourage the youngest to help you with making shopping lists, signing birthday cards, and taking notes at their early age.
– For the older ones it will be helpful to teach them to correspond with relatives and friends, perhaps help them find pen pals, and also write regularly about things that happen at home and school as well as people they like or dislike in a diary.
– Remember that writing is inspiration and creativity, and creativity takes time. Thus give your writers as much time as they need to concentrate, be patient, and show your interest in “what” they write instead of “how” they do it. Always show your positive approach and praise your little learners. Step by step, teach them spelling since this is the most difficult sphere of the English language.
– Any skill takes time and practice, and writing is no exception. The more opportunities your learners have the better they develop their acquired habits and improve their writing speech. Do not expect or demand too much from your baby and remember that the ability to write is supported by reading greatly. Reading, in addition to other benefits, develops visual memory, teaches to express persons’ thoughts consistently and logically, creates the necessary basis for other skills like writing and speaking. Thus teaching writing is not possible without teaching reading at the same time.
Writing is not an easy skill that is why children need their parents’ support and help and the earlier you start with some simple activities, teaching them how to express themselves, the more your kids will enjoy the process and succeed in the future. Feel free to use printable writing worksheets, to help your child become a stronger writer. The resource will provide you with a lot of worksheets for kids and older children.