Writers are readers, and readers can be writers too. Every great story written starts from a tiny spark of imagination gone wild. Fire up your child’s imagination and encourage them to put this on paper, here are some tips.
1. Exposure opens opportunities for children to choose the ones suited to their innate abilities. Have displays of books, alphabet letters, pens, coloured pencils, paintings, photos and drawings somewhere around your house.
2. Point out these things to them and encourage them to touch pens and try scribbling, hold books and browse the pages, look at the photos and drawings, say letters and words early on. This will give them a feel of things, and later on decide which one they would own. At this stage do not expect them to show particular interest on something or do things correctly.
3. Readiness is always the key to get a child to start up with something. Be observant to your child’s progress, and don’t miss those hints. How do we know they are ready?
- Curiousity. A child who constantly ask questions about a particular thing is ready to assimilate information. This is the right moment to start teaching them.
- Expression of likes and dislikes is another cue that they are mentally and emotionally ready.
4. Encourage, reinforce, but do not force. Do reading and writing activities on the time or day your child is enthusiastic. Don’t miss this moment, it is during this time, your child is receptive. On times, he is unwilling to do any reading or writing activity do not force. A happy child will most likely, willingly do similar activities again. But a coerced child will be discouraged.
5. Follow up and follow through. By the time your child is already schooling, follow up every phonics and reading exercises, spelling or writing homework. Plan some activities on your own as a follow through to reinforce what has already been taught. But then again, always make sure you do not put these on your child’s shoulders as something of a burden to him/her.
6. Look out for venue to feature your child’s reading or writing successes. Documentation of their work wherein they get to see themselves would motivate them to do it again. Competition, exhibition, and shows could be venues to showcase their reading and writing abilities.
7. Constant, correct practice makes perfect. Continue the follow up, follow through, and documentation; eventually you’ll be surprised your child will voluntarily pick up a book to read or notebook to write on.
Do you find the tips helpful? Please share so that more children will be guided to reading and writing.
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