Your child’s tiny hands are the cutest thing in your world but these little babies have to start working a little hard as time for pre-school arrives. A 4-year-old pre-schooler cannot be expected to write flawlessly as the command over the skill increases with time but there are definitely some exercises you can practice at home with your kid to strengthen the muscles in the hands that are required for writing. In the beginning, the alphabets will be arrays of zigzags and incomprehensible circles and letters which will actually mean something to the writer but not to the readers. Well what do you expect of the little fellows, they’re still learning.
To teach your child to write, you can try the following practices that will prove to be helpful.
Fill your child’s crafts box with crayons, color pencils and paper. Though the child might not be able to write properly at this stage, coloring and scribbling provide the ability for strengthening the hand muscles that will later be required to write.
The first stage of writing for a child is learning to hold the pencil. The first impulse of children when given a pencil is to hold it tightly in a fist. Instead, teach your child to hold the pencil between the thumb and the index finger and rest it on the side of the middle finger. It isn’t an issue if your child holds a pencil differently or is a lefty. Start off by using a smaller broken pencil or crayon for easy grip.
Learning the Letters
Stock up magnets, flash cards and toys with letters printed on them to teach your child in an enjoyable and interactive manner. Children might confuse similar letters and numbers with each other such as M and W or B and P or 3 and 8. It is natural and the responsibility comes down to you of how much effort you make to provide the knowledge to your child.
Your child’s name can be the first full word they write as they are so familiar with it. Their name is always being called out and is usually written on their surroundings, for instance the door to their room, their coat or a book. Instead of making your child trace their names, insist on making them rewrite it below once you have written it for them.
These easy practices can be extremely helpful in teaching your child to write and acquiring the skill in a fun manner.