Monday, August 6, 2012

Tips on how to teach a child to write

Most children at the age of 3 will start to show some interest writing, you might as well noticed that your child will try to hold a pen or pencil and start writing wiggles on anything they can get hold of. Anyway, encourage your child to write but always be there to supervise him/her as children could get a little excited over new things and might also write on the furniture’s and walls! My little Chloe did this when she was 3 and I ended repainting the wall and scrubbing the carpet after the mess she made. Now that she is 4 years and 7 months old, she can already hold the pen properly and write the alphabet on a paper and I am very proud that I did taught her myself! So here some of my tips on helping a child to learn to write:

• Give your child a pencil and not a pen
• Show your child how to hold a pencil correctly
• Show your child how to form the letters in the right way
• Do not teach your child to write in all capital letter, as l this would confuse him/her when she goes to school.
• Peoples’ names and place names begins with a capital letter. So when teaching your child to write his/her name, start with a capital letter on the name and surname and use small letters on the rest.
• Start a sentence with a capital letter and end with a period, question mark or exclamation mark.
• Get your child a writing book and try to work through the activities in order
• Help your child through the activities and give lots of praise
• Use a reward system, reward your child after the activity
• Lastly, take time to talk about the activities together and make the sessions short and enjoyable.

Here is a picture of my little Chloe learning to write the alphabet by tracing them on the activity book.

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