It’s truly a joy to witness a child go through different milestones. As a parent, I can’t help but marvel at how my preschool daughter is learning new skills each day. Ever since she started attending school, she has taken more interest at writing. Her interest has already gone past scribbling because she has understood that written words have meaning.
With her enthusiasm to learn, I provided her with several worksheets where she can practice tracing letters and shapes. After I gave her a brief instruction on how to follow broken lines, I immediately assumed that she can already follow through. In a matter of minutes, she gave up frustrated, angry, and displeased with her work.
Writing may seem really easy especially when we keep on doing it each day. However, there is really more to it, than just merely using a pen and paper to create patterns. As parents, we need to go back to the basics to understand that writing is more complex, than what we really perceive it to be. In truth, writing actually requires both motor and critical thinking skills, and it also involves a series of steps that needs to be done in the proper order.
In teaching your child how to write, you have to bear in mind that learning the skill actually takes time. Parents need to acknowledge that children develop at different rates, and it is very possible for some children to develop faster than others. It is then important that you provide a supportive learning atmosphere, so that your child will get the most out of the teaching sessions.
Provide plenty of opportunities for practice, and try to keep learning activities short. Young children may not be able to keep their focus on prolonged teaching sessions. You can entice your child to practice by having plenty of writing materials readily available. Make sure that you have writing worksheets, paper, chunky crayons, markers and other supplies, in the room where your child frequently stays in. Young children may treat scribbling or scrawling as a form of play, and parents should take it as an opportunity to encourage early literacy skills.
You can make learning activities more fun by adding some creativity. While your child is doing an exercise, try to make up stories related to the pattern that your child is tracing. You can also set particular themes each week to make it more exciting. With a little creativity, you can get your child to look forward to these learning sessions.
Set simple and realistic goals each day to avoid frustration. Perhaps you can start slow, and then you can determine the right pace for your child. You may just trace one pattern in a day, or you can add more variety depending on your child’s pace. A child can easily get frustrated especially when he is really eager to learn. Let your child know that it’s perfectly alright to make mistakes, or crooked lines for that matter, so that he will feel that his efforts are not at all worthless. Keep in mind that your child can best learn when he is taught at the right pace.
It is also important that you praise your child for his progress and his daily accomplishments. You may even hang some of his works at an area in your home, so that he will be proud of his efforts. If your child feels a sense of fulfillment by doing writing exercises properly, he may be more driven to practice some more.
It will definitely take some time for your child to develop the muscles, skills and coordination necessary to write properly. However, you also have a lot of possibilities on your end, on how you can encourage literacy skills in your child. And with that, I embark on this new journey with my daughter with much hope. We will certainly have difficult days, but her improved strokes are already reason enough for me to believe that I must be doing something right.