Writing is one of the important methods of communication and as such it is required to be clear and legible to the reader. There are many times when we have come across writing which is illegible or untidy, making reading an annoying experience. Writing clearly and impressively is an art which one develops over a period of time and childhood forms a base for this impressive art.
Children of the modern world learn to write in kindergarten and are expected to write sentences by the time they are in Class 1. This puts immense pressure on teachers, parents and the child to write legibly and clearly such that none of the alphabets are misunderstood. Children learn to write individual alphabets and teaching them to blend the various alphabets to form legible words is important. This is possible through cursive writing.
Encouraging children to write is a tough challenge faced by parents and teachers. These days’ children prefer to listen, feel and talk while learning, as compared to the older version of learning and writing. Here are some tips for parents and teachers to help build an interest and improve writing in their children.
1. Introduce them to the world of letters and words by way of stories and simple discussions. This will get them eager to explore reading and writing.
2. Do not force them to write. Let them start writing slowly, but do make it a point to get them to write everyday for a stipulated time.
3. Start with cursive writing from the time they learn to write, because this will help children build on this art, rather than starting afresh later. Give them a board on which they can write using a chalk. This will also help them develop their motor skills.
4. Use books and worksheets specifically designed to help children develop cursive writing in children. Start with words and then gradually move over to sentences.
5. Using ‘one finger space’ method can help them bring about neatness in their work.
Of all the important pointers, sitting upright and proper holding of the writing instrument is important. Parents and teachers need to help them build on their cursive writing skills by taking into consideration their interest, motor skills and the amount of concentration that a child would be able to give. An activity that can go with the writing can lend a helping hand. Time and patience is an important part of developing this skill which parents and teachers need to set aside.