Writing a paper, be it a 100-word essay or a two-page research project, can be an overwhelming task especially for kids who dread writing. Teachers can be insanely demanding sometimes. There are instances when students struggle to cope with all the homework that is required from them.
It takes an ample amount of effort especially if the topic is something that your child barely has an idea about, or worse, something that he is not interested in. Even if the niche that he’s tasked to write about is interesting, it will still take plenty of time and a tremendous amount of effort if your child does not have the skills in writing. There are instances when he might still get low grades despite of everything that he has done. Finding out that all his efforts have gone down the drain can be awfully frustrating not just for him but also for you as a parent.
Fortunately, there are several foolproof ways by which you can spare your child from having difficulties when given the task that has something to do with writing.
1. Encourage him to keep a journal or a diary.
There is no better way of honing your child to write well than urging him to write about his own experiences. It is best if he can do it on a consistent pace, preferrably on a daily basis. You can also encourage him to write short stories or articles about topics that he is inclined to.
2. Avoid the temptation of doing the writing homework for him or telling him exactly what to write.
Instead, have him create a draft and provide feedback afterwards. This will instill the value of taking ownership in him when it comes to completing his writing tasks.
3. When providing feedback, don’t focus on his errors.
Although incorrect punctuations or grammar may make you automatically cringe, make sure that you acknowledge the positive points of his writing first before discussing the things that he has to improve on. Make conscious effort to not sound like your are demeaning his writing skills.
4. Provide a variety of fun writing materials and assign a specific area in your house as his writing nook.
If your child is fond of the minions, you may opt to buy him pens with minion designs, or decorate his table with minion characters. This will make him associate writing with having fun.
5. A wide reader is usually an effective writer.
Encourage your child to be inclined to reading books. This will drastically improve his vocabulary and content organization. You can accompany him to the nearby library or bring him to the bookstore and choose a book of his liking.
6. Introduce him to technological tools that will improve his writing.
Kids nowadays are savvy when it comes to digital devices, so it makes sense to use it to the advantage of helping him be a better writer. There are interactive websites that your child can use to practice his writing skills and collaborate with other students who are on the same boat with him.