One of the most expensive first learning tasks that the youngest have to acquire and integrate during their school stage is the writing of texts and short essays, being essential to be able to examine and show all those learning studied and assimilated throughout the trimesters . What role do parents have here? How can we work on written expression from home with short essays? Here are some tips!
When there are difficulties in writing and writing, it stands to reason that it may be useful to exercise these skills at home. But often, without any guidance or steps to follow, children tend to find very little stimulating tasks, which is why they easily abandon themselves and even generate a feeling of frustration. And at this point, it is common and understandable that many parents wonder: 'How could we properly train the newsrooms from home with our children?'
Next, we will try to give you certain instructions to prevent children from seeing this task as boring and to ensure proper written development. Carefully follow the following steps on the most essential topics and the step by step of how to carry them out.
Instructions for writing
Before starting, it is highly recommended to avoid proposing completely free themes, because it can take time to find one that you like. It will be much easier and more useful for them, too, if we previously show them a brief summary of scripts or outline with those parts or contents of which the short text should consist (for example: introduction, middle and end in the case of stories) . This short guide can help you to separate the text into different paragraphs, to divide each idea with short sentences and points within the paragraph, and not to forget to comment on any aspect of content in the text.
Among the various existing categories in terms of texts, we find two of them much more commonly at the practical level in school: descriptions and narrative texts. Thus, a possible proposal of example topics and their corresponding diagrams could be:
- Personal description
Here they must include the physical characteristics (height, physical complexion, hair, eyes, nose, mouth, neck, hands, legs and feet and psychological characteristics (character, hobbies and style of dress) of the characters.
- Description of an object
It is very important that the child follow the following steps: physical characteristics (first paragraph): size, color, material, characteristics of use (utilities and the step-by-step for its use), economic characteristics (price and store where to find it).
- Description of a place
When the place where the story will take place has been selected, it is good for the child to mention the following information: general characteristics (country, city and how to get there), environmental characteristics (temperature, vegetation and fauna) and cultural characteristics (customs and food)
And finally, the story must be structured, which must consist of an introduction (presentation of characters and place), middle (development of a problem) and outcome (solution or not of the problem raised).
Parents are aware of the importance for the child to start writing these types of stories, since it will positively influence the development of the school year. Therefore, it can be very useful to motivate them to use either of these two motivational strategies:
- In the event that you have very little confidence and / or that he worries about making it bad and having to delete it to start it again, we can consider working on the oral expression of the writing beforehand so that he can later write it with more confidence.
- In the event that it may be a matter of lack of interest, we can pose the writing as a riddle (for example: what character is it, what movie does the story belong to, or what object we are describing).
- In the event that the child shows very little constancy and easily get tired of the task, frequently abandoning it halfway, we can propose to do a joint writing: so that one writes the first short sentence (for example, the adult) and the other follows it to the next point and so on alternately.
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