How To Help Your Child Develop Writing Skills
There’s no question when it comes to it: having good writing skills can help you succeed. From applying to a job, all the way to writing emails to your college professors, having a good base in writing can help your child in the future. Also, your child will be able to be more successful in academics when she shows up with great writing skills.
What can you do to help your child become a better writer? These are some helpful tips.
1. Read to your child – Interactively
Parents already know that reading to their child can help them develop their language skills, including writing. A lot of research has shown something parents may not be aware of: The way you read to your child matters.
It’s important to read as often as you can to your child while reading books that are of quality. Studies have also shown that it’s a great idea to allow your child to participate.
A nice way to get a kid to participate, who is not yet literate, is to ask them relevant questions about what you’re reading. Make sure you point to different pictures in the book, and ask your child to name them.
Another cute thing to do is to ask your child to retell the story with his own imagination.
2. Your Child Needs Access to Writing Materials.
Your child will be encouraged to write if he has a proper supply of papers, pencils and markers ready . When it comes to paper, lined and unlined are both great options.
*Always make sure you have a desk, or table for your child to write at.
3. Describe Drawings
Make sure your child attaches words to images. A great way to do this is to ask your child to describe the images he draws for you. He may even make up a little story about the pictures.
It might even get him to draw other drawings to move the story along. It’ll be like him making a little comic.
4. Kids Love Comic Strips
When trying to teach your child to read from left to right, there isn’t a better way than a comic strip. Kids love the colorful pages, and large lettering. It’s easy for them to read.
5. Dictation Matters
Type along with your child as he tells his story. Ask him to come up with a story about a beloved pet, or his little sister. These are things that interest your child.
After this is done, you should read it together. If he hasn’t made a drawing to go along with the cute, little story, this is another great step to get your child to visualize it.
6. Make Sure Your Child Participates In Everyday Writing.
Get your child to help you with writing the grocery list. Having her sign her own name on birthday cards is not only adorable, it can also get her used to writing. Having her make a chore schedule can also help.
7. Having Her Participate In Writing Games Can Improve Her Skill.
Participate in your child’s play so you can put an emphasis on writing skills. If there’s a pretend store, have her write the price on the stickers.
Do you have a kid that loves roads and cars? Have her make some road signs to decorate her room. She’ll also love making a menu to play restaurant with. If you’re creative enough, she won’t know she’s developing writing skills.
With some creativity in mind, you may just get that writer in the family you’ve always wanted! Eventually, your child will have an easier time in everything she does because of her writing skill and strong imagination.
I like to think I’m a good writer and my parents tell me that as a kid I was constantly coloring, reading, singing,… I definitely think creative stimulation helps a lot.
you are a good writer. <3
Teaching them phonics early really helps too. I started phonics when my daughter was three. We did it together for a couple of years. I wanted her reading at least on a basic level before she hit kindergarten. It gave her such an enormous head start, which still impacts her today.
I agree with your entire list. It makes reading/writing very fun and instills positive experience.