It seems that with time we are focusing so much on the technological aspects of our child’s education that we are moving away from basics like learning how to write. Remember that a person who writes well is successful in all spheres all of their life. Don’t you want that for your child? If the answer is yes, you need to start focusing on their written communication skills.
Importance of Written Communication
Good written communication makes sure that you child can write in a structured manner, so that their text is clear to the reader. Since it is such an important developmental milestone, schools used to incorporate it in their every day routine. Good communication skills mean that a child excels in all the subjects be it Geography or Science. If your child is already good in oral communication, it will make it easier for them to deliver better at school.
What Is Written Communication and Why Is It Important?
In case you are wondering what is written communication, it is the physical performance of grammar, typing, handwriting, and spelling. Coming to the important question of why is it important? The reason is that it shows a child’s academic ability and helps them in presenting their thoughts to other people.
Necessary Building Blocks Needed
Some of the important building blocks that are needed for good written skills are:
- Bilateral integration
- Concept understanding
- Expressive (using) language
- Hand and finger strength
- Literacy skills
- Object manipulation
- Postural control
- Receptive (understanding) language
Start of Kindergarten – Should recognize shape of alphabet letterrs and learn the letters of their own names
End of Kindergarten – All letters of the alphabet and all numbers. Be to put sentences together.
Grade 1 – Writes complete sentences, with punctuation.
Grade 2 – Learn proper grammar
Grade 3 – Able to use spelling rules to correctly spell words. Able to plan a story.
When a child experiences difficulty in writing, they also experience difficulty with…
- Executive functioning
- Expressive language
- Planning and organization of physical performance
- Sentence construction
- Speed of handwriting
- Spelling and grammar
Tips To Help You Out
If you feel that your child needs help with writing papers and essays, you have come to the right place, as this article will give you some very important tips. Let’s have a look at them:
- Get started with the basics
- Demonstrate essay writing by doing it with them
- Encourage colorful description
- Give writing prompts
- Set up a note system
- Start small and build skills
- Explain them the importance of good written skills
- Let them brainstorm
- Encourage them to write on topics of their choice
- Show them written samples
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