Many parents want their children to have a basic knowledge of writing skills and letter recognition by the time they enter kindergarten. The problem is that some children are simply not interested in writing.
Today we’re going to share some tips that will help parents encourage their children’s writing skills so that they can enter kindergarten with some confident letter recognition and writing skills.
Start with Their Name
The best place to start with children who are mastering their writing skills is to help them write their names. You can write the letters of your child’s name and have them trace over the letters. After a few tracing attempts, have them practice writing the letters below your spelling.
This will help get your children practicing their writing skills by doing something that typically gets them interested. Most children are excited about the idea of being able to spell the names of people they recognize; such as Mom, Dad, and their name.
Get the Right Supplies
Make sure you have plenty of writing utensils on hand. Some children may prefer practicing their writing skills with a crayon, others may use a marker, and other children may want a pencil. Provide your children with options for writing along with the right paper.
There is a paper that has large solid lines with dashed lines in between that you can purchase. This is the best type of writing paper to start with when you’re helping children develop their writing skills.
Move onto Stories
Once your children have mastered writing their name, and they recognize most letters of the alphabet allow them to start writing stories. These can be stories based on their actual day or imaginative stories that they create on their own.
Be sure to read their story or have them read it to you during mealtime so that the whole family can celebrate your child’s new writing skills.
Don’t Forget About Art
Illustrations are another way to help your children get used to holding a writing utensil all the while letting them use their creative skills. Grab some art paper and writing utensils to provide time for your children to draw some artwork.
They can write a story using pictures to enhance their writing skills and encourage a love of writing.
The more experiences you provide your child to practice their writing skills, the more apt they’ll be interested in mastering this necessary skill. From writing their name to writing stories and drawing artwork; these are just a few of the simple methods that parents use to help children with writing skills.