From the desk of President Education

Mrs. Chanda Raisinghani

Mrs. Chanda Raisinghani
Trustee & President Education & Training


Writing is an important form of communication and a key part of education. But in today’s technology-driven world, children are not given many opportunities to practice and improve their ability to write. This leaves many parents wondering how to improve their child’s writing skills.

The children are now writing in their journals in the classroom .Many parents are asking us how they can make the children do the same at home.

It takes time to develop writing skills, and it can be a tough task to accomplish. Thankfully, there are many things that parents can do at home to help improve children’s writing skills. From fun activities to daily reading and writing sessions, these tips on how to improve writing skills will help your child build his or her skills in no time.

We are sharing with you what we do in school to encourage writing and few tips for you to encourage them. Every parent has a different parenting style and will need to design their own model on basis of their observations.

DAILY ROUTINE

At school, writing work is a part of daily routine at a fixed time. Refer to the pictures in our newsletter .The children get conditioned to that particular time and routine .Once this happens, they accept to do an activity enthusiastically and they start to enjoy the process and look forward to it daily. You can also fix a time at home for writing and follow the schedule diligently

ENVIRONMENT

The class environment is always calm and serene which is conducive for work. We refrain from doing writing work when the child is over stimulated or in a hurry to go somewhere. This should be done at home too. Writing should not be done at bed time or meal time. The prepared environment is designed so that the child has the maximum ability for learning and exploration. The prepared environment will differ with each family based on the child’s own needs, development, family and home. A link for the same is given below for your reference.

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.in/2009/05/montessori-at-home-prepared-environment.html

PREPARATION

We prepare the child and show and explain to him/her the work on the page to be done. Example –If the page has counting quantity then we can tell them “we are doing number work and there are many objects on the page, you will slowly count and write the same number on the page”. “Please do your work neatly with deep concentration and when you finish your work, keep your journal on the shelf.” Pencils are kept ready, well sharpened and kept in pencil holder so that the child is enthused do writing work. Please do the same at home too.

CONCENTRATION AND INDEPENDENCE

We never interfere or disturb the child’s concentration. We respect the child’s privacy and refrain from making comments like “do quickly” “very good work “or “If you finish, I will give you a chocolate” and so on. Point out specifics, “You wrote well within the lines”, rather than raving about the work. If a child’s cycle of activity is interrupted, the results are a deviation of behaviour, aimlessness, and loss of interest. So whatever intelligent activity we witness in a child – even if it seems absurd to us, we must not interfere; for the child must be able to finish the cycle of activity on which he/ she is doing.

READ ALOUD

Regular reading is a stepping stone to better writing and helps children strengthen their writing skills. With younger children, make sure you’re reading together every day and encouraging their love of reading as they grow.

CREATE WRITING WORKSHEETS

For young children just learning to write, try creating a worksheet where they can trace letters and words. Write out letters and words, place another piece of paper on top, and have your child trace onto the blank piece of paper. You can also create a connect-the-dots game by having your child trace along dotted lines and then tell you which letter or word she or he finds.

MAKE IT FUN!

Play games and activities that encourage writing. Young children especially like the “write the letter or number” game: where they are asked randomly to circle a letter or number in a jumble of letters and then copy write the same on a paper or slate.

CREATE WRITING WORKSHEETS

For young children just learning to write, try creating a worksheet where they can trace letters and numbers. Write out letters and numbers, place another piece of paper on top, and have your child trace onto the blank piece of paper. You can also create a connect-the-dots game by having your child trace along dotted lines and then tell you which letter or number she or he finds.

TRY DIFFERENT MATERIALS

Switch it up by writing with something other than a pen or pencil. Sidewalk chalk on the driveway, finger painting, or a salt writing tray are all fun writing activities that will also help build writing skills in children.

CREATE A WRITING SPACE

Set aside a little corner in your house that is completely devoted to writing. Having an area dedicated solely to writing will help free your child from distractions so he or she can focus on practicing writing skills.

INVEST TIME

Make sure your child knows you’re available to help with spelling or proofreading whenever he or she needs it. When you make writing time a priority for you, it will make it easier for your child to improve his or her writing skills.

CREATE A WRITING SPACE

Set aside a little corner in your house that is completely devoted to writing. Having an area dedicated solely to writing will help free your child from distractions so he or she can focus on practicing writing skills.

CONNECT THEIR INTERESTS

Think about your son or daughter’s favourite book series. Or maybe he or she is obsessed with dinosaurs. Whatever his or her interests, connect them to writing.

CREATE A LETTER OR NUMBER HUNT

A fun way to improve writing skills in children is to look at books , educational magazines and newspapers and circle the letters or numbers in them.

MODEL IT

There’s no better way to learn something than to see someone else doing it. Let your children see you writing, often. When writing is a normal part of your daily life, it will come more naturally to them. A simple grocery list or letter to the teacher, holiday or thank you cards, or even a sweet note to your child will enthuse them to write.

Children move at their own pace, so please enjoy the process .Somehow, miraculously, it will all happen.

 


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