7 Ways To Teach Kids How To Write
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Writing is an integral part of learning as your child progresses towards kindergarten level. Once your child gets to kindergarten, it is a requirement that they can:
- Hold a pencil correctly
- Hold a pencil for longer periods of time
- Know how to write their names (first and last)
- Know how to write some of the letters of the alphabet
- Know how to write some of the numbers from 0 -10
I call the kindergarten stage the beginners’ stage where everyone starts at different levels depending on their prior skills learned while at home or in daycare or pre-school.
My eldest son has finished kindergarten, yeah me! However, based on my experience with him during e-learning, I highly recommended teaching your child how to write. Kindergarten is definitely a little more fast pace than pre-school and the learning curve can be high or even challenging depending on the expectations of the teacher or the school.
Based on my observations writing is done a lot more frequently at kindergarten. Therefore every opportunity that a child gets to help them prepare for writing is essential. It also enables your child to adapt much easier especially when kindergarten rolls around.
Here are 7 ways that I have used to teach my kid’s the basics of handwriting before and during the kindergarten years.
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7 WAYS TO TEACH KIDS HOW TO WRITE
“Learning to write is necessary for kindergarten readiness. ”
1. LEARN TO WRITE MAGNETIC ALPHABET BOARD This magnetic alphabet board is easy to use and very engaging, especially with kids. Both my kids love this tool and will engage with it for at least 20 minutes to get some writing practice done. It is great with eye-to-hand coordination and developing fine motor skills and pre-school writing skills.
2. WRITING WORKBOOKS
Writing workbooks are really good tools to use especially when it comes to learning to write. The books I tend to like are the ones that are highly engaging and interactive.
It really helps with kids (like my eldest son) who are not a fan of writing. The first two books helped both my sons to start writing sooner before pre-school or kindergarten. The later book was what my son used while in kindergarten. They are all highly engaging and interactive.
Printables are also another great way to teach writing to any child. What I love about printables is that they can be printed at any time and be reused multiple times over and over again.
I like to mix my activities up so that my kids don’t get bored of writing easily and therefore adding printables to the mix helps a lot.
I have created a FREE printable A to Z alphabet book download that you can use to help teach your kids how to write (click on the image below). You can print them as many times as you want.
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Sometimes with printables, I like to use dry-erase pockets with them so that they can be used over and over again without printing numerous pages.
Some various online activities or apps can help with learning how to write. The program that I like, allows your child to trace letters and numbers using their fingers. A few of my favorites are:
- Homer (APP)
- ABCMouse (APP)
These websites also offer free educational videos and games for children. The games are super fun and interactive especially if you have a child that is a visual learner. They also read books to your child as well which is a plus for me. It is also a great resource to use for screen time access.
Read my blog post on Where to find free educational programs and resources for children of all stages.
5. WRITING JOURNALS
A standard writing journal is also great to have so that kids can practice writing anything. They can practice writing their names, writing short sentences, drawing pictures that describe their writing, etc. It is predominantly used in kindergarten and beyond, so the more familiar your child is with these books before kindergarten the better prepared they will be.
6. YOUTUBE VIDEOS
There are actual you-tube videos that can be used to help kids learn how to write. This is very useful, especially for visual learners. They are highly engaging and actually show your child visually how to form the letters when writing. Here are a few that you can use:
- Jack Hartmann – Letters of the Alphabet
- 123ABC-TV – How to write letters A to Z
- Kiddos World TV – How to write letters for children
7. DRY ERASE BOARD
Dry-erase boards are super helpful and useful for kids to practice writing as well. The dry erase board I like to use has a dual purpose. On one side of the board are writing lines that your child can use to practice writing in between the lines, while on the other side is an area for drawing or freestyle writing. It can be found in the dollar store or on Amazon.
Overall, these are some of my top 7 favorite ways for kids to learn how to write. It is best to do several of these activities to create a more well-rounded and fun experience for your child. I will update my list as I go. But for now, try a couple of these activities and see how well they are learning to write.
Learning sight words is another helpful activity that is done in kindergarten as well. If you would like more helpful tips on teaching kids sight words, visit my blog post on 12 ways to teach kids sight words.
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