It is quite common to see a toddler drawing zigzags and trying to write. A child starts writing when they have expanded their vocabulary and begin to understand that letters and numbers have meanings.
Ideally, the first materials used for writing are not crayons and pencils but materials that allow children to strengthen the muscles in their hand. Writing entails more than simply placing a pencil in the hand.
Before teaching a child to write the parents must keep the following things in mind.
- Strengthen their hands: The child should develop stronger hand muscles to be able to write. The best way to strengthen their muscles is by encouraging the child to write and draw as much as they can.
- Getting a good grip: A child will have a better grip if he is given a smaller pencil or crayon. Make the child hold the pencil between the index finger and the thumb while resting on the middle finger.
- Proper posture: A child may find it hard to hold the pencil and the paper at the same time. Having them write on a slanted surface will help the child extend his wrist to support the pencil appropriately while writing.
Certain steps can be followed to teach a child to write:
Step 1: Write down a word using spots or faint lines and have him retrace over the word.
Step 2: Write down a word while he is watching, then explain to him how it should be written.
Step 3: Encourage the child to start writing on his own.
Step 4: Correct the child where he goes wrong. Children learn better when corrected immediately.
Step 5: Correct the child in a way that he understands.
Step 6: Praise and encourage the child. With constant practice and encouragement, he should be able to write perfectly.
Step 7: Be patient with the child.
The exciting journey of reading and writing begins with the alphabet. The parents should provide all the encouragement and support to make it an enjoyable activity. This will go a long way in creating a positive attitude about writing for a child.