Saturday, 1 September 2012

Different ways of encouraging children to write through tutoring

Children have their own way of depicting creativity. Hence; in this blog; I have tried to make my readers understand the need for developing writing skills in children; and different ways of encouraging them to write creatively.

My blogs have always concentrated on highlighting various talents that can be very useful to children. Today this write-up is based on different ways through which tutors can encourage children to write. Writing is a very creative field which requires imagination and will power on the part of the child to grow in the writing field. As children always start off with something small and abstract there is enough potential of developing creativity through communication and connectivity. Now you might be wondering how connectivity comes in the fore for this subject? Let me explain this to you. While you are writing on something you develop a connection with the topic, the characters and the story. In the same way; children need to be encouraged to write more and more so that we can come to know different creative ideas in their ideas. Once they start putting their ideas into words the connectivity automatically develops. It also helps in critical thinking of the child; and improves their performance in school.

So as we have understood the need for nourishing written skills in children let me show you different methods through which tutors can easily inculcate the habit of writing in children:

  • Word Power: It has been statistically proven that children love learning new words. They have the habit of picking up new words very quickly. In fact it has also been proven that children learn at least 9 words a day; before learning how to read. Hence; building word power is one of the most effective ways of making them habituated with the writing skills. Make them read magazine, newspaper or an article on the internet. Also make them aware of different words that they come across on internet and newspaper that are new to them. The other ways of making them interested in writing are:
§  Ask them to write notes or letters using the new words that they came across on day-to-day basis
§  Ask them to talk about words in the form of songs. This is a great way of making them learn new words. This way they can then use these words creatively to form various sentences easily

  • Read loudly: When you are reciting a picture book to a child; make sure that you are reading loudly to them. Also make sure that they are paying attention to the different words being used in the sentences. This will encourage them to hear these keywords and frame their own stories; which will ultimately lead to great write-ups. This is also known as writer’s ears. Describe the characters that they love elaborately this way they will come to know how to write a part of the story and develop characters in that story.

  • Provide healthy environment to the child to write: This is the most important thing while making children convergent about writing. The room where they are scheduled to write something should have a surface, writing tools, good lightning and inspiration. Always have all the interesting things that the child enjoys so that they can think creatively with these tools and develop their own ideas while writing on a topic. Remember that creativity can only be developed when the surrounding place is of the liking of the child and their creativity is enhanced with the props surrounding the room in which they are writing.

Tutoring is a very difficult profession. It requires lot of time and dedication. Creativity cannot be developed in a day. It takes time and patience. Hence; always be there for the child and provide your support thereby encouraging them to write on topic of their liking. This way you will inculcate the habit of writing in children in a very positive manner.

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