One of the most important things that parents do as their duty is introduce their children to writing. Different parts of the world have different rituals and ceremonies for this, and initiating kids to writing happens in different methods. Usually, and especially in India, kids have at least two different languages taught to them - one at school and one at home.
Having said all this, teaching your kids how to write isn’t easy. It’s a difficult and long, but enjoyable process. Usually there are 3 stages in which babies learn how to write.
1. Early Signs
At 6 months, your baby is able to manipulate objects around it, like using the remote and playing with toys. Babies begin to understand cause and effect. If you expose your baby to markers and crayons, then babies will also understand that using and moving crayons will leave a mark on a paper/whiteboard.
2. Early Development
From 6 months to around 2 years, toddlers love to scribble and draw. You can teach them to draw letters and numbers by practising with them and help them understand what these symbols mean. Kids also love imitating, so you can also catch their interest by writing in front of them. The scribbles begin as random marks, but soon, they’ll start to resemble vague shapes that the baby sees everyday, be it objects or letters.
3. Learning To Write
When the kid is about 3 years old, s/he will start to differentiate between shapes and letters. Drawings will become clearer and they will be able to tell a head and body apart. Continuously writing or drawing can really help your child in two ways - it makes their hand muscles stronger and makes his/her comprehension skills better. Drawing also helps kids express themselves creatively and emotionally.
This is where practices and a few writing tips can really help your child. We list a few of them here.
- Don’t try to rush your child into drawing numbers and alphabets. Let your child learn at his/her own pace. Introduce him/her to simple shapes and curves first and encourage them to copy it.
- Try making it interesting. Instead of writing just on paper, ask your kid to create alphabets and numbers using other objects, like writing in the sand or using clay to make an alphabet.
- If using a whiteboard or blackboard is something your child prefers, then encourage them to use it. They can be erased and rewritten on.
- Create an environment suitable for learning. Place images of alphabet and numbers around your house. Fridge magnets, alphabet blocks and wall paintings can all help.
- Teach them to exercise their fingers. Without proper muscle strength in the hands, it would be difficult for kids to write or draw for longer. They may also help give your kid a better hand grip.