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Teaching Children to Write - How to Help Children

Updated on May 19, 2015
Ethiopian Children Doing Homework by the Lamplight.
Ethiopian Children Doing Homework by the Lamplight. | Source
Does hating writing means they will fail in life?
Does hating writing means they will fail in life? | Source

Writing as a Secondary Skill?

Writing is an art that has been developed throughout the years. Even though many people view it as something of a secondary skill, let me prove it to you that writing is indeed important as making calculations.

If we view the present day situation we see that kids are more likely to engage in sports or other activities than improving writing. Children tend to avoid writing because they think it's timely and boring, but little do they know how writing influence their lives.

Scientists had already discovered that when someone relates a story that they had written, the listeners go in synchronization with the reader, making the listeners remember the story more than reading it.

Similarly, it would do wonders for our children if we follow new and careful methods on teaching them.

World Literacy?

World Literacy Foundation says 8 million adults are illiterate worldwide.

Words are more emotional when put into writing.
Words are more emotional when put into writing. | Source

Why Children Dislike Writing:

Kids ranging from 5 to 8 years hates physical handwriting is because they consider it to be difficult. Students who are better at mathematics consider writing to be tiresome and boring since getting an answer right in maths is more satisfactory than writing a creative essay.

Writing is boring: The boredom in writing occurs because of the unsatisfactory results that writing gives. Teachers and parents should keep in mind to engage the youngsters in writing but to never force them. You will need to make them keep interested and to give them the message that”Writing is fun”

Forcing them: Never force your child to do anything that they don’t want to do. Forcing can create negative feedback from the children and it might make them hate writing forever, you will need patience and time to get them into writing step by step.

Never force a child to do anything, try to make them understand instead.
Never force a child to do anything, try to make them understand instead. | Source

The More They Will Hate It, The Less They Would Try

— Unknown

Insecurity: Why does insecurity occur? It is due to having no proper foundation in developing the skill. Having no proper groundwork can result in low self-esteem when coming to writing. Children might get confused about proper sentence writing and the usage of words which makes them insecure.

Exams: It’s a psychological imbalance for the child if you blame them too much because of their test scores. Every child is different in their own ways and you should respect it. Scolding and lashing at them would create an unnecessary fear towards the subject they are weak at and would make them hate it.

Writing is my passion.
Writing is my passion. | Source

Did You Hate Writing When You Were a Kid?

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Did You Know?

1.Handwriting comes in cycles – a new form is introduced then develops into a finished style which becomes the ''hand of the period’’

2.The Vindolanda tablets contain the oldest handwriting to be found in Britain, dating from AD97-103.

3.A typical pencil can draw a line 35 miles long or write about 45,000 words.

4.Books contain 50% more words than prime time television.

5.When they are trying out a new pen for the first time, 97% of people will write their own name.

It's the parent's responsibilty to guide the children.
It's the parent's responsibilty to guide the children. | Source

Tips for Parents and Teachers

1.Try engaging them in writing about the topics they like: If they are into trucks, tell them or educate them about it and it would make it more beneficial than forcing. Eventually, they will become motivated to start writing.

2.Avoid the subjects they hate. If you jump directly into a title like “Importance of Conserving the Environment” than “My family” it would definitely discourage them and hate it. Let them have their freedom when being creative.

3.Get them to read: It maybe be difficult to get them to write, but it’s easier to make them read. Don’t let them read aloud if they don’t want to, give them some personal space and a bookshelf full of the books they like. By no time, they would appreciate all the creative styles of writing and would try it out by themselves.

4.Reward them: Don’t just let them write creative essays and not give them a pat on the head, reward them for their dedication as it might positively encourage them to write more and more.

5.Join them: It’s important that you spend time with your children as a parent, so why not take an evening out and help them out. Remember to have some fun with them at the same time. It’s also a great way to strengthen your bond with the children.

6.Remember the limit: Giving your child a thousand-word essay right from the start is more like a threat than a start. However there are some smart kids who would like to write a lot more than an average student, thus it’s very important to know about the child’s limit.

If You Don't Have Time to Read, Then You Don't Have the Time to Write.

— Stephen King
Spend more time with your children, it is the best way to educate them.
Spend more time with your children, it is the best way to educate them. | Source

Fun Ways For Children to Practice Writing

Writing Apps: Since the new era has gifted us with IPads and what’s not, most children tend to spend more time using them than writing. Google and Android had created some excellent applications that you could use in your child’s mobile or electronic device. Some of these are great ways to take notes and even act as substitute for journals and would improve one's writing.

  • Below are some excellently rated apps used for writing.
  1. Google Handwriting Input
  2. Jotter Pad
  3. Handwriting
  4. INKredible

Word Walls: Writing walls are a great way to encourage children to write. This is also a fun activity that you could do together. What you need to do is to simply let your child choose any material(boards, papers and stationary) and let them write anything they want. It will be your responsibility to correct their words and grammar. Let them show their creativity by posting them on the fridge or on their bedroom walls.

Word walls might enhance a child's memory related to the word.
Word walls might enhance a child's memory related to the word. | Source

Drawing Board Art Sets: It’s the mess free whiteboard we are talking about, many parents had a high success rates on this rather than the normal blackboard or chalk board. And of course with the high rate of consumers mess free drawing boards has exciting features to them, which would make your kid learn their ABC’s while having fun.

A traditional Drawing Board.
A traditional Drawing Board. | Source

Spelling Games: Entering your child in spelling bee contests are great ways to improve their vocabulary but making it as a simple daily game at home can do wonders as well. Simply give your child some fun words to memorize and then let them have a pen and paper. Get ready to recite each word and wait patiently until you kid finish writing it. Don’t forget to reward them on getting a good score!.

Educational Online Games: The internet is a great tool for improving any skill. When I was a kid what polished up my vocabulary was definitely the educational DVD’s my father bought from his bonus. But kids today have much access for learning materials than the past. Some of these websites are safe and suitable for children of all ages. But it's still better to keep a close eye on them while they are on the internet.

  • Links are below for some websites specially designed for children to improve their literacy.

How the Brain Handles Writing

The brain is an important storehouse when coming to doing almost any activity. When we are being told a story or when we are practice writing, Broca’s area and Wenicke’s area automatically governs the language-processing areas of the brain making the words your write or read meaningfully. The neural activity inside the brain regarding the creative processes has enabled countless of researchers to find the hidden truth behind practical writing skills.

There are two important components that relate to writing.

1.Frontal Lobe

This part of the brain is associated with speaking and writing. Everything from movement to reasoning, planning, judgement and problem-solving is done by the frontal lobe.

2.Parietal Lobe

This component is the main depot that does the interpretation.

  • Any damage done to any of these components would result in various writing and speech disorders.

Parts of the brain governing speech and recognition.
Parts of the brain governing speech and recognition. | Source

Handwriting Boosts the Brain

Researchers had found out that writing by hand is more than just a way of communication. It can help understand and learning by recognizing shapes, letters and numbers.

Even adults experience it. When you struggle to learn a new difficult language with characters such as the Japanese or Chinese, you will indeed experience that it is a difficult task.Instead of trying to memorise the characters beforehand, it would be much easier to remember them by writing them. That’s why all students are given practice sheets instead of making them recite it using sound.

How it happens: The latest researches verifies that the physical act of writing brings the information of the fore font and triggers your brain to pay close attention. So when you jot down your daily chores for the family members, even more than them, you tend to remember them.

© 2015 Supuni Fernando


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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Fantastic hub. Actually, it is a teaching tool. Lovely photos and strong text. I would give it a 10 if your voting app were on here. Keep up the great work.

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      Laurel Johnson 

      4 years ago from Washington KS

      This was an EXCELLENT hub, so helpful and sensible. Hand writing and printing were a large part of grade school when I was a child. I've always been thankful for that. Well done!!

    • Supuni Fernando profile imageAUTHOR

      Supuni Fernando 

      4 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment, Lee.

      I'm glad you found it useful.

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      Lee Cloak 

      4 years ago

      Fantastic hub full of incredible facts and great advice since i have two young kids, a very important hub very well done, thanks for sharing, voted up, Lee

    • Supuni Fernando profile imageAUTHOR

      Supuni Fernando 

      4 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Vellur, thank you for the visit :)

      And I am glad you find it informative.

    • Supuni Fernando profile imageAUTHOR

      Supuni Fernando 

      4 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Say Yes To Life, thank you for the amazing idea, and yes indeed, making them love reading is the first step.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, teaching writing should be made interesting and fun for children to take the effort to write. Interesting and informative, voted up.

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      4 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I think it helps if children enjoy reading. You can build that by reading to them, particularly bedtime stories, so they'll have good dreams.

    • Supuni Fernando profile imageAUTHOR

      Supuni Fernando 

      4 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      rebelogilbert, thank you so much for the visit :)

      I too had a passion for reading before writing, and I loved magical fairytales. Prince and the Pauper is one of my favorites, and so it King Thrushbeard. I still love reading them. These days, children have many novels they get inspired from creepypastas to their peer fanfiction.

      Thank you again for the nice compliment, I will try as much to help the readers :)

    • Supuni Fernando profile imageAUTHOR

      Supuni Fernando 

      4 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      MsDora, thank you so much for the vote- it means a lot. And yes indeed the majority of children doesn't have the sufficient resources for education. I think that too has a great impact. Most of these suggestions are meant for children, but even grownups could make use of them.

      Thanks again for the lovely comment, i am glad you found it useful :)

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      Gilbert Arevalo 

      4 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      I was glad you posted several ways to get children into good reading habits. I loved to read at a very young age. My parents helped. They bought me a collection of childrens' classics: Black Beauty, Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, The Wizard of Oz, are examples. I understand these days that kids are turned onto other contemporary characters and I bet you stories have been written about them. All kids need is a spark of enthusiasm to get them going. Keep up the good work, Supuni.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Parents have to take the full responsibility, since in most schools handwriting is not even encouraged, and that is a good first experience for the little ones. You give very good suggestions and interesting information on how the brain is involved. Voted Up!

    • Supuni Fernando profile imageAUTHOR

      Supuni Fernando 

      4 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Hello, annart, thank you for your visit, I appreciate it a lot. There was a movie which I watched as a child, which involved a dyslexic kid being mistreated in the society and a kind teacher helping him with new methods to make him learn. I am forever indebted to you for helping such children.

      I see, thank you for that useful information. It's amazing how the brain can co-ordinate all those tasks by itself.

      Yes, indeed it is an art. Using artistic methods is the best way to motivate them.

      I am glad you found it useful :)

      It was a pleasure following you- thanks again for the lovely comment :)

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      Some good ideas and advice here.

      I've taught dyslexics who obviously have difficulty with writing; encouraging them to write involves all sorts of games and challenges which can be fun. Some of them you've mentioned above.

      Co-ordination and complex processes in the brain are all involved in handwriting but when used in context with other senses, each helps the other. Listening, talking, reading, writing in that order; the cycle is repeated over and over.

      Writing can be regarded as an art, creating patterns and making up one's own words - children love doing that so that's another way to interest them.

      Great hub with lots of suggestions and advice.

      Thanks for the follow, by the way!


    • Supuni Fernando profile imageAUTHOR

      Supuni Fernando 

      4 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Hi, Glenn. Thank you for the nice compliment. I hoped the article was interesting.

      I agree with you, it's actually very useless to force children to write. And the best way to overcome is to let them write about what they like. All my English teachers gave me a lot of freedom on what to write and that indeed, worked wonders on me.

      Wow. I guess you were really talented even back then. I found my passion for writing, through reading and from my English classes, we were assigned to write on anything we like every week and that improved me a lot.

      Yes, I too believe that. Writing is an essential skill for everything, it can be useful in any job and examination.

      Thank you again. I hope it would help the readers more than anything.

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      Glenn Stok 

      4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I found your hub to be a very interesting subject. And you discussed all the issues really well.

      I think kids need to have a reason to write. Without that, they will not have a desire to write. As you mentioned, they need to be engaged in some topic to want to pursue it with writing.

      I guess I was lucky that when I was a young I started a social club and I wrote the monthly newsletter for it. That's what gave me a reason to write and that desire continued.

      Parents need to understand this in order to help their children write. It's not just for writing stories and articles. It's important for all aspects of life.

      You included a very good list of tips for parents and teachers to help children develop a desire to write. Very useful.


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