Quick tips to help kids with writing
- Quick tip 1Be a scribe.Be a scribe.
The physical act of getting words on paper is often a barrier to writing. Have kids say out loud what they want to express. Then, write or type it word for word.
- Quick tip 2Make it fun.Make it fun.
Practicing handwriting can feel like a chore. Mix things up by having kids trace letters in shaving cream or draw their way through mazes.
- Quick tip 3Try a graphic organizer.Try a graphic organizer.
A structured outline or template can help kids come up with ideas and organize writing assignments.
- Quick tip 4Use a keyboard.Use a keyboard.
It won’t fix messy handwriting. But using a keyboard allows kids to express themselves without worrying about forming letters or staying within the lines.
- Quick tip 5Use grammar check.Use grammar check.
You’ve heard of spellcheck. These days, many devices have free apps and tools kids can use to check their grammar. Some even suggest alternate words if kids are stuck.
Some kids struggle with writing. They may have messy handwriting or write a sentence full of spelling mistakes. Or they might not even be able to start when asked to write something.
These types of writing difficulties aren’t uncommon. But when are they something to be concerned about?
There are two main areas of writing where kids may struggle:
- Handwriting and spelling
- Expressing ideas in writing
Even bright kids can have trouble in one or both areas. They might struggle for a number of reasons. Kids develop writing skills at different rates, and some take longer than others to learn these skills. And sometimes kids just need extra help to get better at writing.