One of the best skills that a kindergartener can attain is the ability to write and to write well. It is not enough to be able to copy and write down a few words. Instead, a kindergartener should learn that writing legibly is a goal for which one must strive, not only because it is pleasing to others’ eyes, but because the art of handwriting is quickly losing its importance to many people.
In a world that is quickly advancing, and rapidly losing its sense of oneness through communication by using texting and e-mails, people must learn, more than ever, how to write well. Therefore, society should begin with the youngest members. Kindergarteners can learn how to write by doing the following activities:
-Practice, and more practice. If you are the parent of a kindergartener, make sure that your child is always writing, as much as possible. Everyday, you should spend at least thirty minutes practicing handwriting and general writing skills. You can also use this time to build up your child’s critical thinking skills and vocabulary repertoire.
-Teach your child how to hold the pencil correctly. Whether your child is right-handed or left-handed, the pencil should rest between the forefinger (finger next to thumb) and the thumb. The pencil’s body will rest against the fleshy part of the hand between the forefinger and thumb. Bring the other fingers to a point, holding the pencil’s body about two inches above the pencil point. This is an important step in making sure that your child’s handwriting will come out well. If your child is holding the pencil wrong, correct him immediately.
-Give your child examples by writing out the alphabet and how the letters should look. Then, once this exercise is complete, your child should begin writing simple words, such as “the,” “box,” “house,” “book,” and “dog.” Have your child write each word at least five times. Then, go over each written word and if there are any corrections that must be made, make them. Have your child write the word again if there was a mistake.
-Give praise constantly. Writing should be pleasurable. If your child makes a mistake, don’t berate him or her. If your child asks any questions, answer them to the best of your ability. If you can’t find the answer, say so and then ask someone else.
If these tips are followed everyday, your kindergartener will gain the valuable asset of writing well.