Helene Goldnadel says Teaching Kids To Write Requires Patience
A child is taught three parts of writing simultaneously. They are accurate letter construction, identical letter size, and the same tilt throughout the writing. They should be taught to concentrate on one objective only at the first attempt. He or she should learn the building of letters first, but one by one. Once they have mastered a letter, then only they should be taught the next one, because otherwise he may get confused and jumble them up.
First of all they should start with vertical and horizontal lines and circular shapes. Once they learn how to draw lines then the straight line shapes like square, triangle and rectangle should be taught. Then they should be taught some easy letters and then short words. We should not be concerned about the size of the letter first. Helene Goldnadel suggests that we should allow them to write the actual letter providing some samples for tracing, ignoring the size and the shape of that letter.
Once you notice an increase in the accuracy in writing the letters, you can then teach kids to write with proper strategy that is, they should now follow the instructions for controlling the size of the letters and maintaining its homogeneity. For this kids require a handwriting paper which gives a proper strategy and uniformity to a child to write properly. They should start their writing on the dotted lines as given in the writing book. It consists of four lines: dark lines on top and bottom and two dotted lines in the center. When the child starts writing on the center lines, gradually he learns to write uniformly. The center lines guide the child in writing the letters in proper size and uniformly. For the rapid development within a child in writing we should first write some letters or words and allow the child to follow them and copy. Regular practice makes him perfect gradually in writing and maintaining the uniformity.
Here, regular practice does not mean creating their own letters or words rather the child should copy them to increase the uniformity in writing. For this the child has to practice every day and constantly. But this does not mean that he or she will engage in long practices rather they should opt for short practices, that is, two short writings in a day with a long gap so that the child does not get irritated while writing. Again for proper writing a child should sit comfortably with his arms resting parallel to the level of writing and the feet supporting the floor rather hanging. If the posture of writing is not proper then his body may start aching and thus, he will feel tired.
Thus, we see that for proper upgradation of writing within a child, practice becomes the foremost and essential task. But we should judge whether the child is focusing on the size and uniformity of the letters. It can be checked by making him practice in the handwriting notebooks. The third part lies in the style of writing. This can be taught through cursive writing. But attention should be taken while making them write. A child should be praised for their writing.
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