Make Writing Fun

Wow, that can be a tall order.  So often kids get caught up in telling the "right" story, i.e. the story they think we adults want to hear.  Or the act of writing, forming letters with enough clarity that others can actually read them, trips them up.

This article lists some important things parents can do to help their children become good writers:

It's important for all of us to remember the developmental progression, as the author outlines.  One other important consideration is to remember where each child is developmentally, regardless of their age and/or intelligence.  If we push too much or expect results too quickly, that will turn what should be an interesting and fun activity into just another chore to be gotten through as fast as possible.

This is another reason toys that build imagination are so critical, stories are full of rich meaning and children understand this at a young age.  They are so much more than recitation of facts.  Stories help children make inferences as to what is happening beneath the surface, so that they can better understand the subtleties of human interaction and thus build their social-emotional skills.

By breaking down writing into its smaller stages and helping children achieve competence and mastery at each stage, we can give them skills which will enhance their relationships over a lifetime.

Moira Sullivan

Moira uses a holistic approach that promotes healthy development in the child while honoring and supporting their relationship with their family and the community. A graduate of San Jose State University, she has advanced training in sensory integration, visual perception and visual-motor integration, DIR Floortime, oral motor rehabilitation, strength and endurance training, and myofascial release.