When your child is in elementary school, if there’s one thing that their teachers want to make sure that they learn before heading off to high school, it would be how to become a good writer. That’s because writing is such a valuable skill to have. It helps your kids pen great essays. It helps them communicate in emails and other forms of correspondence. And ultimately, it helps prepare them for their flourishing careers following their college graduation.
That’s why it’s important to do all that you can to support your son or daughter in developing a strong writing foundation from the very start. If you’d like a few tips on how you can do that, please keep reading.
Have them do writing and reading exercises. Whether it’s a child, a teenager, or an adult, one of the best ways to get better at something is to practice. So whether your child has homework or not, make it a practice to have them devote a bit of time in the evenings to do some writing and reading exercises. That way, when they do get actual assignments from their teacher, the work will be easier for them. You can get some examples of writing and reading exercises that your child will find to be a lot of fun by going to ReadingRockets.org and putting “activities for reading and writing” in the search field.
Ask them to read or explain the assignment to you. When your child comes home and says they have a writing assignment, it’s always a good idea to ask them to either read what their teacher wrote down or to verbally explain to you what the assignment is (or both). Sometimes kids end up getting a low score on a writing assignment, not because they are poor writers, but because they didn’t do what was actually instructed. A part of doing well with a writing assignment is fully comprehending what the assignment actually is.
Provide a comfortable atmosphere. Just like you’ve been at work all day, your child has been in class all day. So coming home to sit at a kitchen table is probably going to be boring and tedious to them. Instead, provide a comfortable atmosphere for them to do their work. Tell them to put on some comfortable clothes. Offer them a snack. When it comes to where they write, their bed or a couch is not a good idea because it will encourage slouching. However, you can create a study place that has bright colors and a cool-looking desk – a place that doesn’t feel like school, but a fun area to write in.
Do your own writing assignment as they work. Sometimes the best way to provide academic help to your child, especially when it comes to writing, is to do some of your own work along with them. Then they don’t feel alone. Plus, they can see that writing is an important tool that they’ll need throughout their entire lives.
Celebrate a job well done. All people like to be celebrated when they complete a task and your child is certainly no different. So, once they complete their writing assignment, make a big deal about it. It will provide them with a boost of confidence. And that’s always the key to getting stronger – even when it comes to doing writing assignments.