How to Teach Your Kid to Write

There are a few ways that you can teach your kid to write on their own and you should try to make them all as fun as possible and as enjoyable as they can be for both of you. Adding extra pressure to a child who is still learning is often the best way to turn them off learning completely.
When your child is very young, you can start them on the path to learning by helping them trace letter shapes with their fingers and repeating the phonetic sound at the same time. There are good books available that have tactile surfaces or grooves which follow the letter shapes – ideal for little fingers to learn with. Until your child is 4 or 5, you should always teach reading and writing using lowercase letters.
Now that your child is older and is probably drawing and attempting writing their name, it is time for you to encourage every little piece of writing they do. Even if the letters are illegible or back to front, written backwards or in a line that rises and falls all over the paper, giving praise for trying their hardest is ideal for building esteem and inspiring them to do more. Writing their name or ‘mum’ and ‘dad’ are usually the first words they might try to write on their own, so if they do a drawing for you, ask them to write their name on it too, or scribe down who it is for.
To help with pen control, you can help your child by doing some exercises, such as mark making, where they can use a variety of media to make any mess they want. Get a large piece of paper, some crayons, charcoal, pencils, chalk, paint and what ever else you can find and allow them a free reign. This will help them build gross and fine motor skills, which will help with their writing.
The process of writing does involve quite a few muscles in the hand, so improving and strengthening them is beneficial too. Encourage the use of toys like Lego, which are great for building up the muscles and adding control as is using soft putty and construction toys. Also try to get your child to do large movements as well as small ones when they are experimenting with writing. Chalking letters on concrete is good practice and will help them understand the ‘memory’ of the shapes when it comes to writing them smaller. Getting outside and doing work like this is also great fun for you all.
As your child gets older, you will need to concentrate on getting them to write in a straight line. This can be hard as children are used to writing at all angles. If they find it hard to write on lined paper, try printing off some paper with thick black lines on, which will help keep their focus.
As most of the writing your child will do will be at school, your initial steps that teach them how to write will be the foundation blocks on which they will grow and prosper. Try to instil fun and enjoyment when they write, rather than pressuring them to complete a sentence. As long as they are writing – they will be learning.

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