Help Your Child to Be a Better Writer

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A Brief History

Around 1494-1498, the Italian Renaissance master Pinturicchio (1454-1513) painted the Madonna with the Christ Child Writing.  While the relationship between Mary and her son has been celebrated in Western art, it is often hard for a child and a parent to see eye to eye; however, when it comes to academic writing, they will both agree that the task is daunting and overwhelming. Contrariwise, it is up to you, the parent, to help them develop their writing skills, because they cannot develop an interest in it if the first impression they have of the task is it being burdensome and infuriating. Also, even though academic writing is an infuriating task, there are various techniques you can embrace to make writing for kids enjoyable and fun. For instance, you can seek help from an essay writing service.

These services have professional writers who can help you get the ideal writing skills for kids you can use to ensure your child perfects the art. So, you do not need to worry about how your child will develop an interest in learning and perfect in it. Additionally, below are tips you can use to teach your children how to get better writing skills. These will not only help them become proficient in the field but also give the grades they desire.

Digging Deeper

Ask and talk with your baby

Basset Hounds are renowned for their gentle, docile demeanor.  Photograph by Gmip.

Before your child starts writing their story, you need to ask and talk with them. This dialogue will help develop the perfect approach for their story. So, ask them many questions which lead them to identify the three fundamental aspects of writing. They include the introduction (beginning), body (conflict and action), and the conclusion (resolution). Try asking them when the occasion took place and the memorable or most significant thing about it.

Have dictation

A father reading his daughter a bedtime story: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans.  Photograph by Ldorfman.

Many parents read to their kids at a young age. But, few engross them in writing at this age. Even though most kids are unable to write down things at a young age, this is an important tactic to embrace to help them improve. This helps you identify what they are capable of when it comes to writing. Try having dictation exercises with them. Prompt them with creativity questions such as “What is (a particular character) thinking?” or “What noises do they make?” Give them ample time to think and respond to the question. Do not rush them.

Work and work

A classroom library in the US.  Photograph by popofatticus / Rob from Cambridge, MA, USA.

Proficient writers write as many papers as they can to boost their writing skills. This practice helps them identify their weaknesses and work towards enhancing them. And as a parent who is seeking writing help for kids, you need to ensure your child writes as many stories as possible. Also, ensure they use sticky notes to pitch down ideas they can use to modify their stories.

After continuous writing, they can read their articles to a group of people who will help them note their improvement. Additionally, the listeners can critique them by asking what they liked about their stories.

Steps to take

Promotional poster

Another step you can take to ensure your child perfects the art of writing is through writing group plays. Playwriting rehearsals boost their confidence hence enables them to speak confidently in-front of other people. Additionally, it helps to enrich their writing skills. Through these plays, your kids can recognize the significance of some detail. For instance, how the characters showcase their personalities and how they speak all based on their imagination.

Create prompts

The cover of Boys’ Life, October 2007 issue

It is easy for a child to understand and remember something when they have a visual presentation of it. And to help develop their writing skills, you can collect pictures from magazines, cut them out, and glue them. Ensure these pictures feature character types, actions, locations, and key objects. Doing so will help make it easy for them to develop an interesting story.

Enlarge your vocabulary

Source languages of English vocabulary.  Chart by Murraytheb at English Wikipedia.

Write a story which is based on a book with pictures and not words. After doing so, give it to your child. Have him or her focus on the ideas in the book. Challenge them by asking them what is going on in those pictures or what happens eventually. Embracing this step will help you know and understand if your child is making any progress or not.

Let her manage

A mother reads to her children, depicted by Jessie Willcox Smith in a cover illustration of a volume of fairy tales written in the mid to late 19th century.

Creative writing may not interest or fascinate every child. And, you should not force them to develop an interest in it. But, you can try out other authentic tactics to ensure they get the concept. For instance, you can give them dinner menus or holiday newsletters to have a look. They can interpret what is happening on their own. Letting them take the lead will help you know how much they are able to comprehend.

Help when in need

Hearing the Homework (1923) by Yrjö Ollila (1887-1932).

Your child may need help with their writing assignments, because they may get stuck at a particular point. If they ask for it, do not hesitate to offer a helping hand. Add sentences to their stories to help them progress. Do not mind if the article is professionally written. Making errors is an efficient step to help them develop their writing skills.

Academic writing is not an easy task for many children. Hence, it is upon you as a parent to step up and help your child develop their writing skills. Even though the task may appear to be daunting and overwhelming, there are some techniques you can embrace to ensure your child gets to perfect the art. So, you do not have to worry about how you will do it. Above are some tips you can use to learn how to improve writing skills for kids.

Question for students: Do you know old you were when you learned to write?  Please let us know in the comments section below this article.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Chapoton, Debra and Paul Chapoton.  How to Help Your Child Succeed in School: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children Become Better Students.  2019.

The featured image in this article, Madonna with the Christ Child Writing (1490s) by Pinturicchio (1454–1513), is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.  The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason: This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years or lessThis photographic reproduction is therefore also considered to be in the public domain in the United States.

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Major Dan

Major Dan is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Cold War and has traveled to many countries around the world. Prior to his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University, having majored in sociology. Following his military service, he worked as a police officer eventually earning the rank of captain prior to his retirement.