What You Should Know About Teaching Writing to Kids?

Emergent writing is one of the most important fine motor skills that children learn in preschool. A 2011-study by Puranik and Lonigan emphasizes the importance of children’s experiences with writing, and text being important avenues for self-expression in early childhood. In addition, emergent writing skills are support precursors to the reading and writing development in the future. Depending upon the preschool grades, each child may be at one of the five stages of literacy development, namely, drawing and imitative writing, copying, drawing and stringing letters, early phonetic writing, and close-to-correct writing with phonetic writing. If your kid is also learning to write, here are a few tips to ensure that they transition smoothly from one level to another. 

 

Step 1

The ability to grasp the pencil right and proper letter formation are the basics of learning to write. Therefore, these are the areas of focus in nursery, LKG, and kindergartenHowever, these two skills get refined with the improvement of fine motor skills and strengthen the muscles used for writing, handling small objects, fastening clothes, etc. Activities that help increase the grip and dexterity in hand and fingers play a significant role here. Both parents and teachers should make children do these activities.

  1. Arrange two buckets—one with ice cubes and another empty. Give safe tweezers to the child. The challenge is to pick ice cubes using tweezers and put them in the empty bucket before melting. They win the game if they successfully put more than a particular number of ice cubes in the empty bucket.
  2. Give cloth pegs to children and tell them to put these on four corners of sheets.
  3. Play with children using finger puppets and involve them too.
  4. Give children crayons to color shapes. 
  5. Give them old greeting cards and instruct them to cut these into pieces. 

Teachers at some of the best Indian schools in Dubai assign such activities to children to improve the grip and balance in their hands.

Step 2

Now is the time to teach toddlers to hold a pencil. The correct pencil grasp requires coordination among the thumb, index, and middle fingers. Holding a pencil incorrectly causes arm and hand fatigue, and may lead to pain too. Hand dominance also comes into the picture at this time. By the age of 2 or 3, most children will already have selected their dominant hand. However, if not, then they should practice the above activities more to discover their dominant hand. However, do not force a child into choosing a hand as their dominant hand. A wrong dominant hand brings everything back to square one, bad grip followed by tired arm and hand.

Step 3

Now is the time for actual writing, which means letter formation. Start with letter strokes going top to bottom as this method is easier for the child to pick up. Once they have perfected these strokes, you may then teach them upwards strokes. From making children write a single letter on a blank paper, you may gradually move to using ruled paper and writing two-to-three letter words.

However, remember the golden rule in this entire process. Do not force anything. Let the child learn at their own pace. The idea is to make children fall in love with writing. So, avoid anything that may lead to a negative attitude towards writing in children. 

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