Keeping learning fun for your child can be quite easy when you know how to shape the learning. As kids get older and start noticing you type, text, or read something, they start to get curious. They want to know what you are saying to others or reading, and will put in most of the effort to learn. Highlighting the letters and words for them to remember can be integrated slowly, especially when you use these tips and tricks.
If your child is too young to really comprehend writing but they are insisting anyway, there are still ways you can begin to teach them words. If your child loves to draw, for instance, you can start to show them letters and words (especially if what they are drawing is fairly easy, like a cow!). Start sounding the letters and write them next to the drawing for them to see it. For kids who are more visual learners, this can help them associate the words and letters down the road. You don’t have to overload them with multiple words or many different items all at once, but sprinkle them in while they’ve got their paper and markers out. Also, make sure to leave a pencil or crayons handy so if they want to practice a little, they can
Like Parent, Like Kid
Most children learn while watching a parent or a grown up, even older siblings who are just a few years older! Kids are naturally curious and watch everybody’s actions much more closely than you think! They start to pick up words verbally, and this can translate to what you write as well. Kids want to mimic what you and your older children do, and that includes reading and writing. Even just a quick text to your partner about what to cook for dinner could include the help of your child in writing! Help them say the words out loud and even try quizzing them on what to say next, and have them help type it out.
If you or one of your children love to read, this can be a great way to encourage your younger child to pick up a book and begin the process. Your child may already develop a love of reading from when they got bedtime stories read to them before. Keep up this love of reading by then having them read the story along with you! Point out the smaller word and see if they know what they are, as well as moving your finger along with each word to help them see the words more visually.