Developing your Child's Writing Skills
Posted on 5th August 2020 at 12:18
One reason many parents come to us for tuition is to help develop their child's writing skills. Writing forms a part of the English curriculum for all year groups and schools focus on grammar, creativity and different writing styles and techniques to help children build their skills in writing.
Helping children enjoy and develop a flair for writing early on will lay the foundations for later years when they will be expected to use more sophisticated language and writing techniques and write longer pieces at school, such as essays. However, writing is by no means limited to the school environment, most people will need to use writing skills in their daily lives, whether that includes writing an email, a letter or a CV.
Writing, like any other skill, is something that needs to be practiced over time to be mastered. For children, even before they are expected to put pen to paper there are also a number of key things to consider that will help them write with ease and confidence.
Phonics and spelling
Grasping phonics and spellings are clearly key building blocks when children learn how to write. Most schools teach phonics from Reception to year 2. Once children have learnt their phonics, ie. sounding words out; identifying individual sounds in words and recognising patterns in words, they can start using those patterns for reading and writing.
Reading widely helps children develop their vocabulary and their imagination. Reading exposes children to different words, writing styles and ideas and it also helps children make connections to their own feelings and experiences which will help children become better at communicating and putting their ideas on paper. However, some children don't like reading and parents are often asking what they can do to help. We find that many children, even older children, like having someone else reading to them. Listening to someone reading is also helpful in terms of building writing skills so keep reading to your child for as long as they enjoy it. It may also encourage them to want to read themselves.
Finding books linked to your child's interests and hobbies often helps and ensuring the material isn't too hard or too easy for them is key. If your child is a reluctant reader, starting with short and simple books and building up to more complex reading is a good idea and it is worth remembering that any reading is great, it doesn't necessarily need to be a children's book. Reading magazines, cookbooks or even brochures and marketing material can help encourage a child to read.
Make it fun
In our creative writing classes we make writing fun using a variety of writing prompts such as story cubes or a random physical item and students are sometimes encouraged to base their writing on a theme which can be anything from Harry Potter to 'A Day On The Beach' or ‘What I Would Do As President'. Setting writing tasks based on different styles of writing such as letter, poetry, story, essay, or script writing is important in helping children broaden their experience.
Perhaps you could ask your child to write a play and you can act the play out together afterwards. Or ask your child to write a postcard to their grandparents from your next holiday. Practicing different writing techniques and styles and making writing as fun as possible will help in setting your child up for lifelong enjoyment from writing!
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