Kids start their learning journey from the moment they were born. Firstly they learn to adapt to their new surroundings, followed by making their body accustomed to intake of food items and then slowly progressing to learn the nuances of life such as walking, identifying things and people around them. While kids do learn many things on their own, there are certain things which need to be taught to them.
While our toddlers are not probably ready to write a full sentence or even a single word, there are several activities you can do to help her get ready for writing.The following activities are simple, require very few supplies and are a great way to spend quality time with your child and these tips also help prepare your child’s hands and eyes for writing.
Name Tracing Method
Materials you will need for this method are paper, highlighter, marker or pencil.This fun method will provide an opportunity for your child to learn how to write his/her name. Write your child’s name on paper with a marker and remember to write the first letter using a capital letter then the rest in lower case. Let your child trace over their name with a highlighter. By repeating this activity, your child will begin to understand how to write his/her own name, but this method will take time to help your child to write his/her name legibly.
Cutting Practice Method
You will need for this practice method are pair of child sized scissors, pictures from magazines, newspapers and other sources. For this method, have your child need to work on fine motor and pre-writing skills by inviting your child to cut out pictures from old magazines like cut out toys, food, or just pictures of interest. they can also cut out letters or numbers which they recognizes. This method is easier than trying to cut on lines, but still requires hand strength and more advanced fine motor skills.
Play Doh Method
For this method you will only need is Play Doh.Make your child roll medium sized balls of Play Doh into 6 inch ropes and ask them to choose a letter to make, then see if your child can use the rope of Play Doh to do so.If this is challenging for your child, write the letter on paper first, then let your child form the Play Doh on top of the paper to match.
Dot to Dot Method
Take a paper and marker then write your child’s name on paper using dots instead of lines and have them start with the first dot and connect the dots.Hopefully your child should recognize his/her name! Try this method with the other names like of family members and your child will enjoy this activity.
There are also many different ideas and tools which will help you understand how to teach a child to write alphabets in easy and organized way. You need not wait for schooling to start in order to teaching your child how to write. These above tips will help child get started even before the school does.