Writing is one of the four key skills of language development that helps an individual to communicate effectively. They are:- Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The skills are acquired in order.
However, in this article, our focus is going to be in Writing. Writing is an active skill that is crucial in this day and age. However, parents often wonder how they can improve their kids writing skills.
Writing is not am an easy task, and it may take time to develop a strong sense of writing. But parents can do a lot to help their kids accomplish this skill through a set of fun activities. For instance, if your child learn about composition writing for primary school students, they are sure to benefit.
The Top 5 Tips Your Child Needs to Focus on To Better His Writing Skills
So, if you are a parent, bookmark the following tips that will make writing a fun task for your child.
Reading is the learning skill that leads up to writing. It is important to introduce kids to regular reading that will help strengthen their writing skills.
Reading helps children acquire new words and vocabulary that can be used during writing. However, if you have a young child, it is best always to practice reading together.
- Avail a variety of writing materials.
Providing kids with fun writing materials such as colourful worksheets and pens is a great move. However one can make the process even more fun.
Switching up materials or creating worksheets can be motivational tools. For instance, instead of regular pens or markers try finger painting or sidewalk chalk on the pavement.
- Create a conducive writing station.
Create a corner of your house specifically for writing. Space should be free from distractions. Space should inspire kids to want to write, thus should have all writing materials.
However, designing an authentic reading space especially for kids can be tough. Fortunately, the reading environment does not have to be one place then it is best to switch it up. And one more piece of advice, ensure space is rich in the paint because this will attract kids.
- Motivate writing for particular reasons.
For instance, you can encourage your kids to keep a journal. This is a fun way for them to put down their thoughts as they write especially on a daily basis.
You can also motivate them to write new short stories about things that inspire them. If your daughter loves princesses, then you can help her write a new short story about princesses.
- Praise their work.
Learn to celebrate your child’s writing milestones. Every time they have a new piece of writing encourage them by reinforcing, them positively.
Eventually, their confidence will build up and the more they will want to write.
Writing isn’t just a way to write. It’s also a medium to express and a way to learn more. Learning language and being able to express yourself is one of those life skills that’s going to help your child in their career, no matter what they choose to become.
Do you have any writing tips for kids to share?
As a former Kinder and Grade 1 teacher I truly appreciate these tactics. I think it’s important for parents to have a resource for how to assist their kids at home! Thank you for sharing and I’ll be sure to reference this post when my three are ready for writing!
Glad you like the post. Thanks for reading.
My girls writing and enjoyment of writing really came on when we kept a book together. They would write notes/ letters to me and leave it under my pillow and then i’d do the same. They loved it and it really engaged them. Mich x
Oh nice. I love the idea of keeping a book with the kids.
Definitely to read – as you say – and to write in as many different forms as they like – stories, poems, raps, limericks, reviews, anything, just to enjoy it. You can go to so many places if you can write….
Very true. Thanks Sarah.
I can remember one of my favorite things in elementary school was getting to first grade so I could learn to write the alphabet on my lined paper tablet that had just enough space for a capital letter and a line in the middle of it for a lower case letter. I actually loved that part of my childhood and when second grade came and I learned cursive, I thought I was the BOMB! I liked all your tips, but I especially like the idea of using different materials like sidewalk chalk to keep things interesting! Great post for all of those with littles! 🙂
Thanks Kristi. Glad you like the tips.
These are great tips! I don’t think I have thought about it as much as I do now that I have read this. I remember being more focused on my son writing legibly and he has very good handwriting now. My daughter is just beginning and will love the fun tips, especially finger painting!
Glad you like the tips Kelly.
I agree with the comments about reading and encouragement. I learnt to read very early and was always reading books for older children even when I first started school – my exploration of different worlds through literature meant I was always fascinated by language and writing – I was always encouraged to write little stories and poems.
Oh nice. Good to develop these skills early.
My eldest daughter loves to write and as improved so much this last year. It’s amazing how quickly they can pick it up and progress!
Yes so amazing 😊
These are really good tips, I’ll be sure to try them with my children.
Really fantastic tips for helping your child improve their writing styles. It’s such a great idea to start young, as life is going to be filled with writing. Love the idea of having a purpose for practicing, I’ve found that’s the best way to learn anything.
Yes it is a great way to learn.
My little one hated writing at first but now loves it and is always trying to copy things
Good your little one loves it now.
Really good tips here and I think the most important one is praise and lots of it too x
Oh yes. Lots and lots of praise.
What great tips, and what little cuties. Really important to have children building those skills from a young age
I agree. Thanks Aine.
I can’t love this article enough; with technology taking over our children’s lives, I feel handwriting has taken a backseat of a priority!
Yes it is taken a backseat in most homes which is sad. Glad you love the article.
All of these tips are spot on! I think reading helped me the most when I was a kid and the writing station is such a great idea! -Tonya Tardiff
Yes it is. Glad you like the tips.
These are great tips to encourage kids to start writing. Going to give the writing station a try.
Pls do. Thanks for stopping by.
Great tips!!! My daughter struggles with writing. She loves to write, but she prints somlarge and all over the place. So we have been working on proper size and placement all summer
Oh good you are working on that. My son was like that until a few weeks ago.
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