Every child has his or her strengths and interests. At such a young age, parents should refrain from comparing the child with his peers as such a focus may affect the learning attitude of the child. Some children may need more motivation to engage in writing due to their different interests and personality. For a child who enjoys more physical activities, he can sometimes find writing a boring task.
Here are some strategies you can adopt to encourage your child to write:
For children who do not like to write with a pencil:
- try something more fun and make writing a fun activity. For example, doing finger or hand painting, or using big brushes with paints to draw simple shapes such as circles, triangles to make faces, houses or rockets.
For a child who does not like to sit and write:
- Give him the opportunity to write on sand or colour in the bathroom using paintbrush. Remember, writing activities need not be limited to pen and paper. It is important to first get the child interested in some writing or colouring activities. Play-doh activities are also great for strengthening finger muscles.
Give praises and encouragements when the child has successfully done or complete a piece of work using any form of writing.
Refrain from pressurizing the child in holding the pencil “properly” or criticize the child’s work.
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