What is the need for Children to Write? 

Writing is known as one of the best activities to boost one’s memory as it involves the most important skills which are visual, hearing, coordination, recall ability, spellings, critical thinking and more. These are some of the life critical skills and can be improved when there is constant practice of writing. Developing skills on writing leads to a successful academic result and further a better future ahead.

There is nothing as the right age to start learning, the earlier a child starts to write, the better it is. Start with just probably some basic shapes, then to simple one stroke alphabets followed by two stroke alphabets and later some words.

In a generation as today where everything is available on fingertips, it is still very important to learn writing.

Here are some key impacts about a child learning to write:

1.      Reading ability:
It is said that when you want to build a reader, it is also important that you ensure that your child knows how to write. The connection between reading and writing is corelated as when we write, we also learn the  connection between the letters and the phonetic sounds they create with each word.

2.      Expressing:
When a child starts to write, they feel free to put out their emotion in form of words in a pen and paper rather than speaking out about it. Through writing constantly about something they find hard to express makes them connect to the innermost thoughts and convey their message which in turn helps a lot for the mental health of the child.

3.      Life Skill:
Writing is a life skill as it is something that not only is used in schools, but anywhere and everywhere. While writing, the child improves their spelling skills and the grammatical aspect of the child also gets better and ensure in effective communication.

4.      Thinking:
Before penning down the words, the child must think about the right words and have to have a clear sense on what they have to put across in the paper and whether their writing is conveying the message they have in mind. Experts say that writing enhances problem solving and critical thinking as when we write, we need to structurize each sentence promptly.  

5.      Creativity and Imagination:

When given a blank sheet, a child can create a masterpiece like how when a blank canvas is given. Asking the child to write whatever they want without any limitations, they can write poems, essays, and compose whatever they want and have a creative mind set.

How to make your child get to the skill of writing?

1.      Picture Reference Prompts:
For young kids, give them a simple picture and ask them to define the picture in a given set of words or sentences. Start with simple pictures with no background scenario and further increase the number of elements and defining actions of pictures.

Readiness in writing for Children:

We all know that writing isn’t a skill which can be developed overnight, but a skill which has to be fostered and developed over a period of years. According to research, talking to the child from when they’re infants has resulted in children having a higher vocabulary than those children who were been spoken to until when the child started to mumble. The best practice is to read out stories to the child, showing and explaining them things which falls in their sight.

With toddlers, they are at the age of developing their oral vocabulary, it is best said to make them to start reading and writing alongside as it helps in hand-eye coordination and doing two things at once helps their brain to be active for a longer time. Writing skills at this stage can involve copy writing, solving simple quizzes and many such more. Put your children to practice writing with their finger tips first rather than writing instruments, slowly, bring them to use chalk board to write and finally with a pencil on paper.

For young adolescents, it is good to hand them to write with a pen once in a while, as they’re used to making mistakes while using pencils which can be erased off, but rather with a pen, when a mistake is made there’s no way to erase and always leaves an imprint, this can be used as a learning lesson for life where they must know that as we grow old, we must make fewer mistakes as they’re something which will leave imprints with whatever we do. So let them get the grip of writing with the pen rather than using a pencil. At this age, there must be most of the writing activity involved in as much as possible ways because further from this age, the school provides with assignments, home-works and projects, and the child must not feel it’s a burden to do these, but rather a learning.

How to ensure that the Child’s learning skill is in sync with the activity at school?

Due to the pandemic, most of the children haven’t got their grip to write as all the tests, examinations and notes handed out are in a e-learning platform which is making it worse for the children to grab a pen and write. The best thing a parent can do is to ensure to make some time for their children for an hour a day to keep them away from the screen due to the adverse effects of excessive screen time 

It is important to make them have some writing and reading activities by giving out printable notes and worksheets according to the school’s curriculum and making them go through them and solve some worksheets available on the BlendEd platform where you can avail the benefits of learning offline through the online platform. On this platform, you get instant feedback on your handwriting skills, performance skills, improvement skills and many more, click here to know more and explore BlendEd.