Give your beginning writer loads of alphabet inspiration so he can memorize the shapes. Stock up on letter magnets and puzzles and use shaving cream to spray letters on the wall during bathtime. As you play, highlight the small differences between easily confused characters, like B and P , and M and W . Letter recognition doesn't always translate into letter writing. "Kids see the whole form, not the specific parts, so a 4-year-old might write the letter E with six arms instead of three," says Jane Gibson, a pre-K teacher in North Hanover Township, New Jersey. Show the right strokes with a letter clue game. Say, "I'm thinking of a letter and I'm going to write it for you, but only one part at a time." Draw the first line of your letter, then discuss your child's best guess before adding the next line.
You don't want your students writing stories to a formula, but these handy checklists from Twinkl will help younger writers keep their stories on track. Here's a checklist on writing a great story opening and one on creating tension in stories . Download and print out checklists on story resolution , story problems and on creating the perfect setting for a story . Children can add their own points to the lists. This writing frame on analysing structure problems will also help children to explore possible solutions to their story problems.
Inspire your young one with alphabets, as this will help them memorize shapes. Buy lots of alphabet shapes such as letter magnets, puzzles and even spray letters on walls to help them recognize and memorize. You can also choose this time to teach them the differences between letters that can be easily confused such as M and W. Of course, recognizing letters is different from writing and you might want to break down the letters into different parts. For example, you can break down ‘A’ into three lines. Make the lesson interesting by drawing one line and let the child guess the lines that follow.