Every parent wants their children to be well learned and come at the top of the class. While the provide every amenity possible to ensure that their child does not lag behind other students at school, there are various other factors that must be kept in mind to ensure that learning and skills of writing go hand-in-hand. With very little time and effort, every parent can ensure that their child gets the top writing skills that would take him/her father than the rest.
As writing is considered as an important activity of our daily lives, it often turns out to be a problem for those file tragic or just not in the mood to write. By inculcating the values of top writing and making them a fun activity will go a long way in how your child develops his writing skills. In this article, I will share with you some of my tried and tested tips that have helped me become the best little writer in school.
Steps to follow to improve your child’s writing skills
- Friendly attitude:
In order to help your child with writing lessons, you must go into it with a positive attitude and never think about the outcomes if your plans in teaching do not go right. Kids will make mistakes, and how you deal with it plays an important role in building up the study time relationship with your toddler. Also, learn to provide loving assistance to your young ones so that they may never feel threatened or at risk of getting scolded, if they were failed to reach up to expectations. As a parent, your main duty is to motivate and encourage your child so that they may pick up better habits sooner rather than later.
- Friendly environment:
The room in which your child does his writing should be in a slightly isolated place that is free from all sorts of distractions. Noise coming from cars passing by, audio from the television located in the next room, and other sorts of audiovisual distraction can keep your child from fully investing themselves in the moment. Distractions are never good; so make sure that it is kept at the minimum so that the child learn to cultivate patience and comfort in a noise free environment. It may be considered okay to play some light music that is mostly comprised of instrumental rather than vocal. Leaving the television on however is a strict no-no.
- Encourage thinking:
Before the process of writing actually begins, encourage your child to think about the task at hand and efficiently organize the order in which it is to be accomplished. Ask your child various questions about the project. If it involves a story, you can ask questions about the plot, why and how things happen, and other questions. You can also try writing down the thoughts of your child and read it back to them in order to help them connect the written words with what they speak.
- Provide physical presence:
If you’re absent during the time when your child does his writing, he will grow up to believe that writing is an activity that is limited to school. So make sure that you are present often and are playing the role of teacher and a parent. It is important to share opinions and ideas to make sure that both of you can reach a comfortable agreement, in which both are providing their hundred percent to the task. Never underestimate the effectiveness of your presence in the child’s room as children often tend to relate the presence of their elders to safety and security.
- Be helpful:
This goes without saying as a child will require the help of his parents in order to get things done. So when you decide to assist your child through his writing sessions, make sure you discuss your ideas with them, help them to discover what they have in mind and bring a positive outlook on the entire process. Offer to help your child even if he does not ask as it is often found that a child takes the gesture of asking for help as a sign of weakness. So ask your child often if he needs help with anything and say that you will be glad to provide assistance. If they ask for help regarding punctuation, spelling, and other formal grammar, it is your duty to provide the best assistance you can so that your child will learn to trust you for further queries.
Giving small rewards serve as an encouragement to your child as they often view it as a treat for accomplishing a certain task. Also encouraged others to reward your child by providing him the necessary accessories like pens of different shades, different kinds of pencils, and a candy once in awhile, pads of paper, envelopes, and erasers of various colours, a dictionary that is exciting to read, and other items. Remember that the rewarding a child is not a counter-productive activity that will lead to long-term expectations. The older they get, most children come out of the phase of getting rewards and understand the necessity of doing their lessons in time.
- Be interested:
Take an interest to see what your child is writing and not only focus on just writing about anything. As schools will often give homework to be completed, it becomes necessary for you to ensure that your child does not lose focus while doing such homework. How do you help him not lose focus? By changing the subjects once in awhile! When your child is bored of doing mundane school work, you can assign him some fun writing projects that involve describing his best friend, writing about his favourite food, or his favourite activity to do in the park, in order to keep you interested in writing. But make sure that you don’t force your young one to go against their wishes all the time and that may lead into a bad attitude.
- Praise often:
Do not forget to praise your child for the effort he puts in writing. If he has had a bad day at school, help him relax and never fixate on the issue that he has encountered in school. Neglect the urge to point out mistakes such as punctuation, spelling errors, etc. and encourage him to start fresh all over again. For every mistake that your child makes, ensure that he gets many things right. Be supportive at all times and you will notice the changes that take place in your child’s behaviour. Never undermine the authority or capability of your little one as it will only turn him to be more stubborn.
- Write along:
One of the most efficient means of motivating your child to write is by writing alongside them. Whether it be completing your extra load of work from office or just helping your little one in getting that extra dose of creativity, writing side-by-side will allow your child to relate more to you and placed a greater amount of confidence in your capability of being a wonderful parent. You can also try to complete your child’s assignments for him to show that you genuinely care about his efforts, and in return ask him to do certain chores around the house. This will teach him to value the effort put in by others into work that he was supposed to do.
- Review the writing:
Once you looked over what your child is written, make the effort of gently explaining to him any mistakes that he might have made in such writing. Focus on the end rather than means. Grammar can be corrected, but creative writing requires a lot of effort and brain work for a child to handle. So if you find a well-written essay with not so good grammar, praise your child for doing such a good work and keep the corrections to be made for later. You will be surprised to see how much your child gets motivation to continue for the writing.
By becoming a significant part of your child’s writing time, you can imbue good values and effective practices that will help him at in his full potential. Writing can often be difficult activity to make toddlers follow as many of them have troubles in writing with coherence, proper clarity, and organization that would require for it to be an effective writing. As a parent, it is necessary for you to not feel frustrated and keep up the effort of encouraging your child to do better every single time.
By being involved in your child’s writing regime, you’ll be helping him to become skilled at a small age which will obviously get better as he gets older. This may lead to a lifelong impact in which your child may become an expert writer. So, the next time you decide to help your child with homework, keep these tips in mind to get the maximum out of your time.