Writing can seem like a difficult thing for children of all ages and it can take years for them to get used to expressing their ideas on paper. While there will definitely be some kids who have a natural talent when it comes to writing, even they will require some help in order to better organize their thoughts and improve.
If you are finding it difficult to help your kids get more comfortable with writing, you don’t need to worry as there are plenty of things you can try out. Here are some of the best tips to help you make it the writing process a lot easier for your children.
- Offer them good quality reading materials
One of the most important things that can help your children improve their writing and expand the way they think is through reading some good books. Depending on the subjects they have at school, you can find plenty of educational books and audiobooks as well as articles which will help them learn new things and come in contact with a different way of writing than the one they are used to from school.
One thing you should keep in mind is that there are many of authors who can contribute to your child’s growth in writing, even if their books aren’t based on historical events or anything else related to their school subjects. Many fantasy books and novels can be perfect reading materials which can enhance your child’s vocabulary and teach them how to think outside of the box with their own writing projects.
- Teach them how to visualize the writing process
Visualization is a skill which might take a while to master but it can really help the way your child writes and thinks. The easiest way to explain this is through imagining a tree and a certain story your kid might want to write for a project.
Each branch of the tree can be a different character and their backstory or a new chapter of the story they are trying to write. After filling in enough information on each character and choosing the direction their story will be headed, they can start filling in information on the rest of the aspects of the story and connecting each branch to the next one.
This example can have many variations and it can truly apply to a variety of writing projects. It is essentially meant to help you get an idea of how to organize your child’s thoughts and even put them in a written form so they can always remember how to continue their story and make adjustments without losing track of their thoughts.
- Host a writing group outside of school
Likely, the parents of your children’s friends will also want to help their children improve their writing skills and make the writing process a little easier for them. This is exactly why a writing group could be a great idea for all of you and it could help you not only bond with and help your children but also get to share tips and improve and enhance the teaching methods you use with your own kids.
All you will need is a space for all of you to gather in and some writing supplies for everyone. The point here is to get everyone together split them in groups and assign them with a common topic they will need to work on with their partners.
It is a good idea to not always pair up each child with their parents, so they can come in contact with the thinking process of a new adult and learn something they might have not known in the past. At the end of the class, you can all share your projects with one another. It would probably be for the best to not grade the writing projects, especially when it comes to young children as it can make them feel unmotivated if they are not performing as well as their friends.
- Get them started with a diary
Keeping a diary can be another great way to help your kid put their thoughts into order and write for a certain purpose. A dairy can help your child get a better understanding of how to organize events into a particular and logical order in order to create a piece of text that both expresses their thoughts and also makes logical sense.
You can also supply your kid with crafting materials and help them increase their creativity by either letting them do collages or DIY projects in their diary. Another great option is to purchase a Wreck This Journal type diary, as they can both write and get crafty within the pages of that notebook.
- Allow them to use proofreading tools
Children are prone to making grammar and spelling mistakes and it is totally normal for them to confuse certain words and the way they are spelled. Providing your child with a proofreading tool and showing them how to use is a great way for you to teach them how to always make sure their papers look polished and help them pay more attention to the way they spell certain words and phrases.
There are plenty of great online tools you can use such as Grammarly and Hemmingway Editor. Not only will they be easy to use by your child but they will also help you teach them a few extra things about wording certain phrases and making sure their text is easy to read and well-written.
- Create a comfortable writing space
Last but not least, another important part of simplifying the writing process for a kid is allowing it to work in a space which will inspire and motivate it. If you lack space in your house or if you’re finding it hard to repurpose an old room, you can always make a special space in the child’s room or in a spare desk somewhere around the house.
Pick a relatively quiet spot, and then choose come colors your child likes, a comfortable chair and the right writing materials and supplies. You can decorate the space with either paint, a chalkboard-type wall or even fabric in their favorite colors.
The whole point of this space is for them to feel comfortable and inspired to write. Whether they have to complete a creative writing assignment or a paper for one of their classes, it will be much easier for them to concentrate on their work.
Creating the right foundations for their development
Improving your child’s way of thinking and their writing skills can be a lengthy process and it might not always be easy. It is important to be patient and give your kids enough time to adapt to new vocabulary and ways of thinking in regards to their writings.
All of these tips aim towards helping you find more constructive and easy-to-follow ways in order to help your kids express themselves better. No matter the outcome, any contact with new writing techniques, materials and ideas will be beneficial to them and help them improve and learn a new set of skills which will accompany them for the rest of their academic lives.