Your 6-year-old has been writing and drawing for a few years now, but his skills are still developing and needs nurturing. Holding a pencil and writing beautifully with it takes a lot more than we think. It needs motor skills along with critical and creative thinking skills.
With the pressure in school mounting to write well, trace letters over and over again and draw what instructed to, it might take the creative expression out of the whole experience. It makes children think that writing and drawing is boring and only a part of academics.
Here are a few tips to make the learning process of writing and drawing exciting and encourage your child.
Make it fun
- Encourage your child to write and draw about his interests, cartoon characters or school events.
- Play games and puzzles together like to scrabble, crossword or paint a picture
- Suggest your child to maintain a journal. It improves the expression of feeling while improving writing skills. It gives writing a purpose. Your child might not want to share his/her journal with you at sometime in the process, but consider it perfectly normal and don’t force or cheat.
- It is sometimes ok to copy. If your child likes a particular painting or a song or quotation, encourage him/her to draw or write it.
Be a good role model.
Show your child that you use writing and drawing in everyday and how important it is. Write down appointments; maintain a diary, label boxes or shopping list. Drawing map to show directions or graph of performance for office are ways to show that you enjoy drawing and its significance.
Appreciate your child.
Positive appreciation and rewards are great ways to encourage your child. But don’t overdo it or bribe your child. Displaying your child’s work on the refrigerator or a board will make him/her feel motivated.
Talk to your child.
Talking to your little one about his interests, new ideas and fears. This will create excitement to write and draw. It will help your child to develop thinking process.
Allocate a dedicated space and mark it as their creative corner. Ensure that space is cleared, flat and with plenty of room. Keep pencils and crayons handy. If your child has a lot of art supplies, ask your child to help you organize and keep it in a place easily accessible to your child.
Allow time for free play.
Don’t instruct your child to follow certain rules when he comes up with his creative piece. Appreciate the process rather than the end product.
Writing and drawing are important to make your child literate. However, they are also important to stimulate expression and help child become more self-reliant.