Writing is closely linked to reading; you can’t have one without the other because they go hand in hand. Some children believe that because they are young that they are too young to be able to write. This is not good, as a parent you should try very hard to make sure your child does not think this way. Children who are told they can write will begin to do so early on and they will have greater self confidence.
When making grocery lists ask your child to make a list of his own… this will let him know that, one: he can write, two: he can use his writing in everyday life, and three: he can use writing to better communicate what he has to say. Children who are taught that they can read and write will become better communicators; all of this comes back to you as parents and what you do with your children when they are young.
There is a small window of opportunity where you can make a huge impact on the lives of your children, after that window they become bogged down with math problems, social drama, social studies lesson plans, sports, and friends. Influence them for the better while you can by reading and writing with your children and by telling them that they have the ability to write on their own.
One way in which parents and children can become closer is through what is called paired reading. Paired reading is when a parent or a more experienced reader reads along with the child. Before and after a session of paired reading parents are encouraged to ask questions about the book that is being read. Some questions include why the child chose a certain book? And what the child thinks will happen in the story based on the cover page? After reading a book with your child you should begin a discussion touching on all of the questions mentioned above. These questions will act as a catalyst, children will begin by answering those questions then they will bring up questions of their own. The conversation will snow ball after that and you will both get caught up in the conversation. Children will bring up things they noticed in the story and you will have a very memorable moment communicating on a topic of interest to your child.
Paired reading will not only promote discussion but will also help children learn how to read faster. As you and your child read aloud together he or she will be able to sound out the words faster and will be able to better remember what the story is about.
Madison Hewerdine is a writer who likes social studies lesson plans and has a passion for rock wall climbing.