Mastering the Art of Writing25 October 2017
So your child is at an age when she is starting to scribble more and more, and you can just feel he’s ready to start writing. Most of learning to write will take place at school, but here are a few things you can do at home to help your little one master the art of writing.
- Make it exciting. Workbooks and textbooks are useful, but sometimes you need to make it a bit more inspiring for them. For example, spray some shaving cream on a kitchen counter, and have fun tracing out letters on it. You can also try some finger painting, or even Legos to shape out letters.
- You might not know where to start, but often, you can just start with his name. Most kids feel more motivated knowing that what they are writing actually means something and they’ll be quite proud to put their names on everything.
- Don’t freak out if your child writes letters backwards. It’s not necessarily dyslexia. The issue usually resolves itself, but you can help out by giving them a blackboard with a thick border. Let them know which side to start on, and the thick border will prevent them from moving in the wrong direction.
- Once your child has begun to understand the concept of big and small, then you can start helping her master proportions. Don’t worry if the letters are not the same size at first. With time, she will better understand that space is limited and that she needs to write in a size that will allow everything to fit on a paper.