Written English is just about placing a few words in the right order until they sound correct when you say them out loud.
It’s really quite simple to become adept at written English.
While spoken English requires a more verbal – linguistic approach – getting good at written English requires the development of the verbal-linguistic and Kinesthetic Intelligences.
The way you do this is by – hitting each of these intelligences with a dose of exercises targeted at shaping these forms of understanding – into a clear crisp series of written words.
In the writing world – they say you learn to write by writing. The same philosophy rings true for your child’s journey towards improving his/her written English.
They will improve their written English – by writing English.
At the end of the article we’ve put together some worksheets that you can use to help your child practice their written English – but first let’s explore these exercises in more detail.
Two exercises that will help your children imprint the art of grammatically correct written English in the minds of your preschoolers
1 – The punctuate the following sentence exercise.
This is what a typical worksheet should look like.
If you’ll notice the way the content is structured – a sentence is written without any punctuation and then there is a line left after that. This is where your child will rewrite the sentence above along with a full stop at the end of the sentence.
You can do this with any set of sentences – all you need to do is write a few lines and then add a space for your child to rewrite this sentence.
This exercise is the first part to making your child adept at written english.
How this works is – each time your child rewrites a grammatically correct sentence – this process gets imprinted into their nervous system – which influences their thoughts and actions. This means that pretty soon;
1 – Your child will start thinking about English in a grammatically correct fashion which then translates itself into perfect spoken English
2 – When your child sits down to write English – since writing is just an offset of speaking – you’ll see their sentence formation improve
2 – Get Them to read out the sentences they just wrote aloud
The next part of the exercise involves – getting your child to read the sentences that they just wrote aloud.
This activates their Verbal Linguistic Intelligence. While the previous exercise activate their Kinesthetic form of learning.
This is an important part – because it is only when your child physically reads these sentences aloud – will they able to move towards bigger, tougher and more complicated sentences with confidence – which will take them towards the goal of great written English skills.