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How to Teach Kids to Write! 10 Tips

June 12, 2020

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In this article, we are laying down 10 tips that hover around how to teach kids to write. These steps are proven to be most useful in developing the writing skills and abilities of a child.

The first step towards writing is scribbling random things. Learning to write is not easy and your child will need a good amount of time to start understanding what she is writing or drawing.

At the age of three, toddlers usually start to understand the difference between drawing and writing by the age of three.

Teaching how to write requires a lot of patience on the part of the parents. Writing gets a boost once the kid starts talking and understanding the sounds and meaning of all the letters.

Even before your toddler starts formal schooling, you can give them a head start by teaching certain elementary basics about writing. Here are a few tips to teach kids to write.


How to Teach Kids to Write

  1. Do not directly start with alphabets or numbers

Schools are equipped with trained teachers, who will teach young children how to draw and write once your kid begins schooling. Start teaching your kids how to create simple lines and shapes and ask them to copy the given diagrams.

Writing is considered to be an art that requires a step-by-step approach to learning. Once a student gets hold of drawing straight lines or curves, he/she can very easily pick up writing the alphabets, numbers, and words.

  1. Writing comes under fine motor skills

Fine motor skills refer to the usage of smaller muscles like that of fingers and toes. There are various exercises which help students to build fine motor skills. Slowly, when this muscle starts developing control, writing also starts becoming easier.

Regular writing practice also gives students the required pace.

Playing with clay or play-doh and holding different things with their hands will strengthen the hand muscles, which in turn develops writing skills.

  1. Ask them to color the shapes or drawings

Crayons are a little thick when compared to a pencil or pen. Therefore, it is easier to hold those. The student starts developing a grip and control by coloring within boundaries.

He/She is now definitely going to hold a thinner pencil/pen in a better way.

  1. Some kids also face learning disabilities and the parents are often confused as to how to teach a child with such disabilities to write? 

Well, we would like to inform you that these kids are highly capable of expressing themselves. All they need is a special direction and practice.

Before jumping directly into writing, help these kids with developing their muscles through various other activities like finger painting, writing sentences in the sand, games like Jenga or lego, etc.

These activities will first develop the muscles of a child which will slowly help them garner the writing skills.

  1. Make these kids understand the difference between letters and numbers which are similar to each other, just to prevent confusion

For example, ‘p’, ‘q’, ‘t’, ‘l’, ‘i’, etc. or ‘6’, ‘9’, ‘3’, ‘8’, etc.  It is often seen that most of the students find it difficult to write because of the reason that they are not able to understand the letters and differentiate between them.

They often get confused between similar-looking letters and tend to make mistakes. To avoid this, kids must be clearly told the difference between the same. how to teach kids to learn. 

Learning can be most effective when it is made fun. Get involved with your child and start improving his/her learning process.

  1. Make kids trace different words, sentences, etc. using a tracing paper

This will help them understand the patterns in writing. It is a common psychology that they will try to be as perfect as the thing which they are trying to trace.

In this process, they tend to develop control over their muscles and hands which helps them to improve their writing abilities and skills.

Tracing a letter will make it much easier for a child to learn the contours and curves of an alphabet. Once they get a hang of the letters, make them write without the pre-written letters.

  1. Make sure that you are using a proper notebook to practice

Don't directly start teaching your child how to write on a plain paper or in a single line notebook. We suggest, for English, they must follow a four-lined notebook at their beginning stage.

For mathematics, we suggest a notebook which is having a checks print. These notebooks are specially designed to help kids with writing skills. 

  1. Teach your child with the correct grip of holding a pencil or a pen

The most basic grip is pinching the pencil/pen and it will be resting between his/her thumb and index finger. This grip helps them to apply suitable pressure while writing.

It is going to be difficult during the start but regular practice will help them to write more legibly. For providing a good grip, give your child a pencil or a crayon that fits their palms comfortably.

This will make writing easy and also ensure that their handwriting is good.

Later writing tools like brushes, markers, chalks can be introduced once the grip is enabled.

  1. To start with, use a shorter pencil 

This will help them improve their grip and make writing easy. Most of the students face issues in writing because they aren't educated with a proper holding grip at their learning stage.

There are some other exercises also which might help students to improve the grip of instruments like using a small block of eraser, using geometrical items like a ruler, etc.

  1. At last, patience

Young children tend to do things with greater enthusiasm when people around them are amused by what they do. Show excitement by laughing and clapping every time your child scribbles something.

This will make them happy and encourage them to write more. The biggest problem as parents is that we expect results very soon. But this is not what actually happens.

Young children and toddlers in their learning stage are definitely going to make mistakes. It is upon parents and teachers to improve those mistakes and guide the students in the correct direction.

This demands a lot of patience and regularity.


Maths is a very different subject when compared to English. English teaches us the 26 alphabets, but it is equally important to understand numbers. It is seen that many people face issues in writing numbers too. For them, we have laid down some additional tips:-

  • Understand the difference between Roman numbers, Decimal numbers, and Greek numbers.

  • Use a mathematics notebook to start developing handwriting in maths. It is not a ruled copy. It is a notebook where pages are printed with a number of squares.

  • Use scale, pencil, and other tools while drawing shapes in geometry.

  • Understand the different mathematical symbols used and practice them on a regular basis.

  • Learn to keep space between the numbers written.

  • Correlate various numbers with some alphabet of English. For eg, 1 with ‘I’, 9 with ‘g’, etc.


Conclusion

The above-mentioned tips are some of the most effective tips which help a student to improve the writing. Along with everything, it is very important to boost the enthusiasm of the student to learn to write.

The question isn't always about how to teach kids to write. Learning can be most effective when it is made fun. Get involved with your child and start improving his/her learning process.

 

Cuemath comes up with regular such articles that help us, as teachers, to develop the overall personality of a child. We don't only restrict ourselves to academics. We believe that academics can be made better when the mindset and the learning process of students are improved. Therefore, we cover such a wide range of topics in our articles. We try to provide every support to our students through our maths online classes on our website through various resources. We are also available through a Maths Gym app which is available on both iOS and Android platforms. This particular app is designed in such a way that the student is able to develop his/her mental skills and abilities. We encourage the active participation of every child in the learning process to improve the results. Come, join Cuemath for a brighter tomorrow.

 

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