National Handwriting Day - Tips for teaching your child to write
It’s important to encourage children to learn to write while they're as young as possible. If they are introduced to words and letters early on - preferably before they start school - then they will learn to develop an interest for writing because they enjoy it, and not because they have to do it at school.
As it’s National Handwriting Day on the 23rd January, we’ve come up with ideas on how to make learning to write fun for children!
Writing letters in shaving foam
They’ll love this because it’s a little bit messy (and children love to make a mess) but it’s also about using their hands to learn how to write. Both you and your child should have a big dollop of shaving foam in front of you and then practise drawing letters with your fingertips. Make the sounds as you go so they can learn to associate the letters with the sounds.
For this activity you might want to invest in a plastic sheet to make cleaning up a little easier!
Make bath time fun by using bath letters to create sentences and words. Take it in turns to decide what to learn to spell - let your children choose a word and teach them how to spell it, and then you say a word and you learn how to spell. This is a great bonding activity too.
Drawing on the patio
Get some chalks and spend some time drawing and writing on the patio. Don’t worry if your child only seems to be writing squiggles at the moment - it’s perfectly normal and it shows that they are starting to develop an interest in writing. Get them to read what they’ve written out loud to you so you can get a sense of what they enjoy writing about. You can also get your children to copy your handwriting on the patio as this will seem much more fun than writing on paper.
This might also prevent your children from drawing on your walls… which is a bonus!
Magnet letters on the fridge
These are great fun and can be incorporated into everyday life which means children won’t feel like they’re being forced to learn. While you’re making dinner, lunch or breakfast, you could encourage your child to spell a certain type of food such as egg or ham – something simple. Use phonetics to encourage them to really think about the sound of the word and what letters to use. As they get more confident you can start introducing longer words, or start creating sentences with your little one.
Get them to write their name in birthday and Christmas cards
By allowing your children to write (or scribble) in cards when they are learning to write it will improve their confidence - and of course the first step to learning how to write is to learn to write your name!
When it comes to teaching your child how to write the most important thing to remember is to make it fun, so that they learn to enjoy it and not think of it as a chore. Be patient with how long it takes them to learn how to read and write letters and words, and don’t compare theirs to other children’s progress. It might take some longer to learn than others and that’s perfectly normal.
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