Write On!

Essential skills to teach Junior on writing

words bhuva narayanan
photo courtesy of i can read singapore

Once upon a time, reading and writing were luxuries only the wealthy could afford. Lords and ladies sat upon cushions of satin, delicately sipping imported tea while revelling in beautiful prose.

These days, however, writing is essential to success in any field. Starting from kindergarten, our children are taught to speak, read and write in proper English. Spelling and sentence structure are drilled into kids as young as four in the race for linguistic perfection.

While good language skills are definitely important, there are less harsh methods you can employ to make sure your tot grows up to be an eloquent speaker and writer. Research done in the last two decades has continuously pointed to phonemic awareness as the key to developing good linguistic abilities. Phonemic awareness means the ability to identify sounds present in speech, and use that to recognise the patterns in language. Learning the rhymes and rhythms of speech has been shown to provide a head start in children’s reading and writing abilities.

Sounds & Letters

“Phonemic awareness amongst children is a powerful predictor of future success in reading and spelling,” shares early education expert Dr. Vicki Snider, who believes that phonemic awareness is the key to linguistic success in children.

Phonemic awareness, Dr. Snider argues, forms the foundation for students who learn the English language. A child with well-developed phonemic awareness is able to associate the strange squiggles on the page with the corresponding sound, making it easier for him or her to read and spell.

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