A Few Tips for Developing Writing Skills in Children
Once your preschool child is done with learning letters and numbers, it is time for her to start writing. This one exercise may take more time than expected, and far more persistence on the part of the parents. Some children may not take easily to writing, as they may not find it engaging enough, but learning to write they should. Not only they should learn to write but also nicely and legibly, so that they do not face the problem of dirty and illegible school work in the later years.
- Before your child takes to writing, she must be doing a lot of scribbling on paper. Do not see this as a useless exercise as this builds up the hand- arm coordination. Such scribbling efforts help in drawing too.
- Learning to hold the pencil comes next. Make sure that you teach your child how to hold the pencil correctly. Neatness and speed of writing now and in the later years, will depend upon this one factor only. In fact, if the child does not learn to hold the pencil correctly and develops any alternative ways, it becomes very difficult to make the child unlearn the same.
- Initially your child may use the five-finger grasp instead of the conventional three-finger grasp. Do not worry. It is perfectly all right for the child to hold the pencil or the crayons like this in the initial days of writing and drawing because at this stage, the child is still developing the shoulders and arm muscles.
- Once your child starts drawing or scribbling, try initiating her to the three-finger grasp. This may require loads of patience and tutoring the child. The child at the outset may use the wrist movement rather than the finger movements, but with the passage of time and as she develops the fine motor skills, she will learn to write with this grasp, effortlessly.
- Persist even if the child seems little interested. In the early days, it is important to set aside a little duration of writing time, everyday. The child will understand the importance of learning to write and will so will develop hand-eye coordination, so very important for scholarly activities.
- Start with chunky crayons or chalks. Move on to the conventional pencils later on.
- Give your child a little break time of she gets bored of the exercise or complaints of straining fingers.
- Practice sleeping, standing, and slanting lines before the kid starts writing letters and numbers.
- Start with the letters that have only sleeping, slanting or standing lines in them like A,E,F,H,I,T,V. Later on move on to the ones that consists of the curved lines.
As you emphasize on writing exercises, do not forget to revise with your child, the letters, and numbers regularly. It is important that you child does not forget to recognize the letters the ones she is not practicing at present. Expose her to colorful books or a good website for kids that have colorful representations of capital letters so that her recognitions skills are in place.
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