Teaching children to write can present quite a few obstacles. One of the biggest obstacles parents and teachers face in teaching writing is when the child is simply not motivated to want to write. The strategy to help children get started is not by forcing the children, but by thinking about how to make it more interesting. Some children also experience anxiety or frustration with writing as they require a lot of concentration, memory, and motor skills that are still developing at an early age. For this reason, when writing children may lose patience or interest in doing so if the way it is being taught is not interactive.
Passive teaching traditionally teaches children to write by following the teacher or parent and using only pencil and paper. On the contrary, interactive teaching is characterized by being an active method. Interactive instruction actively engages students in their learning process through the use of audiovisuals and hands-on demonstrations. Now that we understand the importance of interactive writing, I will share an activity to make it fun!
You will need a clear plastic bag, gel, and paint to create a sensory bag. Mix all of these materials together, then ask your child or student to write the vowels on the bag. To make the activity more challenging, you can use Nacho Libro Inicial de Lectura (page 5) and do the practice activity. Also, you can use the target words found on (page 3) for your child or student to practice writing on the sensory bag. This is a fun way to integrate writing as an interactive experience that is much more meaningful than just using pen and paper.
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