Updated: Aug 2, 2022
In this post, I am going to share with you the importance of drawing to writing.
I got really interested on learning strategies to foster independence writers when L used to be a reluctant writer. If you have been following my post, you should have known by now that big L who is 6 this year used to be a reluctant writer. He was reluctant to colour, draw and write.
Also back in my teaching days, I witnessed many children having difficulties in writing and teaching writing in the classroom has been a challenging task.
It is challenging when they shows no interests in writing.
Thus, I’m determined to share with you more of these strategies to foster an independent writer at home.
Many educators and parents have always emphasise on the importance of reading. I do agree that reading from young is essential in building a strong foundation. However, learning the English language also comprises of listening, speaking and writing.
Thus, building a good environment that allows them to express themselves freely in writing is essential to foster an independent writer.
And I am writing and sharing with you in this post, my experiences in fostering my boys to love drawing and writing.
After trying out for a few years, unstructured writing and drawing activities best suits our homelearning journey.
• Draw , talk and write • strategy
As an adult, we need to understand that Writing is an effortful activity.
Here are some points shared by Dr Noella Mackenzie.
1) Writing something that it is easy to read and understand is hard work.
2) Writing entails the interaction of cognitive and physical factors involving the hand, eye, and bot side of the brain.
3) Writing is not a natural communicative competence like speech and thus normally requires intentional teaching.
Place many writing and colouring materials at your learning space to encourage drawing.
Draw with them.
Document their drawing through putting up at your space.
Depending on children, big L prefers to use an A3 sized drawing block to unleash his creativity.
Big L's work. Big L is 6 years old.
Remember writing maybe a daunting task for some children.
Writing with them motivates them in writing. Therefore, your involvement in your child’s writing matters.
Small I's. Small I is 4 years old.
Motivate them to share with you what they have just drawn.
Listen to their ideas and have a conversation with them.
After drawing, ask your child to add details of their drawings.
Write with them if they are reluctant to.
Thank you ! And we hope that you would try out this strategy with your children.