When a child is first learning to write it can certainly be a real challenge. Just trying to get them to form the letters properly seems like it is impossible to do, so what are the solutions. Below you will find several creative ways that you can easily get your child on the path to writing.
Names come first
Names should always come first. The first and probably the most important thing that your child can learn to write is their first, and last name. Of course you will want to focus on their first name. Avoid capital letters when your child first starts writing. If you have them start on the more difficult lower case letters, they will find it very easy to master the uppercase ones later on.
Practice with their grip
In my experience I have found that one of the most difficult things to teach a young child is how to properly hold their pencil. Kids have all kinds of different methods when it comes to pencil holding. I have found the best way is to practice. Practice will help them to build up the muscles in those fingers and eventually they will get used to it.
Reminders are needed
When it comes to learning how to write, plenty of reminders are a must. Working with children has shown me that they are very good at creating their own method to forming letters. For example many like starting at the bottom when forming their letters instead of at the top. Constant correction is really needed in order for them to get it right.
Just fifteen minutes a day
When most parents are teaching their kids to write they really picture hours of boring practice with a complaining child. Well it really is not necessary to spend long amounts of time trying to help your child with their writing ability. All that is really needed is just fifteen minutes per day. You can even break up the time. Have them practice writing their name in the morning for five minutes, in the afternoon for five minutes, and in the evening for five minutes. If you start to make this part of their routine, they will get used to the process and eventually be writing on their own.
Remember that when it comes to helping your child learn to write their letters, it really is all about having a little patience. Just a few minutes out of your day will yield results in a matter of months. If you start your child early enough you should have no problem with them being prepared for the start of school. Remember that when they have mastered writing their name you can move on to the more difficult items.