Saturday, January 12, 2008

Teaching Children Reading And Writing

As a parent, teaching your child to read and write is one of the most important things that you will do for them. Through taking the time to do this before they go to school, and continuing to offer support while they are there, you can help your child to have the foundations necessary to learn, share and communicate with others. Teaching a child to read and write is a harder task than many parents expect, not least time consuming. You firstly need to start by teaching them how to pronounce sounds, and from there they have the vital components to pronounce words and then sentences and so on. A child can generally start to learn the alphabet at around 4 years old, and then they can try writing what they can read soon after. Many parents are concerned about trying to introduce their child to reading at too young an age, however this is not something to worry about - the truth is that it can only help.

When you are starting to teach your child how to read, you should not concentrate on pronouncing capital letters first. The reason for this is that learning lower case letters is easier to aid learning how to read. This is because lower case letters represent how one speaks, and through combining lower case letters you start to understand how you can formulate words stemming from them. When your child tries to repeat lower case letters you may find that they are slightly off in how they say them. This is not a concern, and in actual fact does not relate to intellectual capacity. You should also not be overly concerned with grammar either; this is something they will learn over time and should not be prioritized from the outset.

When you are teaching your child how to read and write, you should be careful to limit the vocabulary that you aim to teach. The more vocabulary that you introduce; the more confusion and the more overwhelming the situation will become. According to some lines of academic thinking it is suggested that there are only 400 words a child needs to know in order to be able to communicate effectively.

When your child starts writing much the same applies as with reading. You should not be too concerned with a lack of firmness or preciseness in how they write much of that will come with practice. The key is to teach your child to associate a character with a sound, and therefore to be able to graphically represent the spoken word.

Teaching your child to read and write is something which should go beyond preparing them for going to school. You should continue to do reading and writing with your child out of school as they may wish to clarify points with you that they do not want to ask their teacher. Further more, through making reading a fun and recreational exercise for your child you can ensure that their reading skills and ability to digest information will be much greater than it otherwise would be.

Developing Your Toddler''s Writing Skills

The process of learning to write begins with simple circles and lines. By the time your child reaches his first birthday, you should encourage him to color with crayons. Scribbling with crayons not only helps to develop the fine motor skills used in writing, simple scribbles will soon turn to a series of the lines and circles used to form letters. Provide your toddler with coloring books as well as plain paper and avoid sharp pens and pencils until your child is older.

Painting, especially with finger paint, can also help develop your toddlers writing skills. The Galt kid-friendly easel will give your child an opportunity to paint like the pros and it, along with a plastic art apron, will minimize messes. Painting with a brush or with fingers strengthens small muscles and allows children to express themselves creatively. As your child advances, encourage him to paint lines, circles, and arcs. Another fun activity is to write his name in really large letters across the paper and let him trace the letters with finger paints.

Books are another important activity that enhances all areas of language skills and development. Read to your child each day and follow the words with your finger. Talk to your child on a regular basis as well. Constant exposure to language in a variety of different forms enhances the development of writing, speaking, and reading skills. Reading and conversation both give children a general understanding of grammar and sentence structure, skills needed later in writing.

To develop fine motor skills needed to control a pencil, try involving your child in art activities that involve tearing paper. Give him a variety of colored paper, tissue paper, or construction paper to tear in small pieces. Tearing strengthens small finger muscles and usually delights small children. Using a glue stick, let your toddler paste his paper scraps to make a picture. Green tissue paper can be scrunched into small pieces and glued around the outside ring of a paper plate for a beautiful holiday wreath. Your child can even add scraps of red tissue for berries.

Always supervise your toddlers art or coloring activities. At this age most children have a tendency to put things in their mouths so choose non-toxic paints and glues. Also set firm rules regarding coloring, gluing, and painting only on paper. Little ones are often tempted to spread their masterpiece to the floor or the wall. Washable crayons and paints will minimize stains and smocks or aprons will protect clothing.

If your child seems interested, begin tracing large uppercase letters with crayons or paint. Never force a toddler or preschooler to practice writing. Your child will appreciate learning more if he enjoys it and wants to learn. You may try more enjoyable activities to introduce the letters. Print an uppercase letter on a piece of cardstock or construction paper and let your toddler glue objects onto the outline of the letter. You can even us this activity to help to develop phonics skills by using objects that begin with that letter, like dry beans for the letter B or cereal for C.

How Could You Write A Good Article?

We all do many things in our daily life, but only few people become really famous and known for the work they do. That is because their work might be different from all others. Those people stand out in such things because of their interest, skill and art in doing that work. Every work on this world has a profession. That professionalism is achieved due to practice which leads to a better quality outcome from an individual. There are many things which are preferred by large number of people in this world but may not be achieved correctly by all of them.

Reading, writing and many other such things could be an example of work which many people prefer but not all do equally good work. Writing could be a hobby for some people. Writing poems, stories, autobiographies, etc. might seem very interesting for those who know and have the art of writing. Anyone can write, but we all aim to write as good as possible. Every poem, story or article has to show the feel which the writer had while writing it. To write appropriately, we need the skill, interest and the art. This can be developed mainly by reading. Reading things which attract you could lead you to the correct path. Analyzing the material is very important. One has to know the qualities in the written material. One has to look at what the writer has to say to the readers.

Writing articles could seem very easy but is difficult in terms of expressing the actual feel we have while writing the article. Writing an article could be a medium to speak to others about the topic. It is a way to express our feelings while thinking and writing about a particular subject. All this needs interest to write. If one has interest to write, other qualities could be developed by many ways. Writing often and reading interesting articles and books related to your field can raise your intelectual level and help you write better. All the above mentioned qualities combine together to be called as art of writing an article. One may develop the art of writing a good article because of his reading qualities, expressing qualities, thinking qualities, and also observing qualities. All these things are responsible for an outcome that an individual gives by writing on a topic. Not everyone has the art of writing properly.

A good article has to include one's ability to express what he thinks in form of writing. Observing various things would ultimately lead to good amount of thinking. For developing these qualities, one can take inspiration from great authors who have spent almost whole of their life in writing fabulous books. Article would be read by the common people, thus writing an article for them would also include art of writing. One has to know what the common people prefer, what they would understand better, etc. Thus, taking inspiration from someone who has already done these things could be beneficial. An article can be written by anyone but to make it a good article one has to have the art of writing a good article. Not everyone who writes had this art from birth. This art can be improved by various methods. Art of writing is very essential in expressing one's views, and thoughts. A good article would contain all the feelings, expressions, and thoughts that the writer had in his mind while writing.

By Ronald Vyhmeister