Through their full-day, award-winning preschool program, Heritage Learning Center has the opportunity to influence the cognitive and social developments of bright students in the McKinney area. While most classes target early developmental literacy and phonics skills, the teachers and staff at HLC want to share our favorite methods with you regarding how to help your children write successfully for years to come. Below are the nine tips we found the most helpful and productive.
- Start the Discussion at Home. Writing well comes from speaking well. When you go places with your child, spark up a conversation afterward. Asking your child what they saw and how they feel about it will help them learn to articulate their thoughts and continue to master language skills.
- Set the Example. Make sure your child sees you write at home. Our kids look up to us, and it is important that they see writing occurring outside of school. If your child watches you write letters or even journal on a daily basis, they may begin to model their lives in the same way and find joy from writing on their own time.
- Help When You Are Able. Talk through writing topics and ideas with your child and discover what it is they wish to say. Give your insight regarding spelling, grammar, and punctuation to the best of your abilities. This will improve your child’s mastery of these writing elements, while also keeping you involved in their work.
- Provide a Suitable Environment. Set up a quiet space with a flat surface and good lighting, so your child will feel able to write whenever they have the desire or need to. A clear space helps to facilitate a clear mind.
- Encourage Them to Write. It is never beneficial to force a child to write on a frequent basis. However, encouraging them to write whenever they want can help facilitate more improved writing in their future, while also keeping their passion for it alive.
- Read and Share Their Work. Make sure you are reading and responding to your child’s writing as often as possible. Even ask a relative to start sending letters and notes that your child can read and respond to, knowing that someone is reading their writing too. The more writers share their work and receive positive reactions, the more confident they will become in their abilities.
- Get Them Involved. If your child is currently in school, make sure they are engaged in any optional writing groups that interest them. If there is a school newspaper, encourage them to submit an article or even join the team as a writer. The more writing experience a child has, the more comfortable he or she will be writing about a wide range of subjects.
- Implement Variety. As stated above, variation is critical in implementing successful writing. Flip through your child’s school writing assignments and see the topic of each assignment. If your child enjoys writing outside of school, suggest topics that differ from those already covered in class to help your child build a diverse set of writing skills.
- Praise, Praise, Praise. Praise is perhaps the most important tip. Make sure your child hears you speak highly of their writing, and make sure you use an encouraging tone when pointing out any corrections or critiques. A confident writer will always be a successful one.
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