Essay Writing : Made Easy for Kids
By Lois Weldon
At some point in your children’s lives they will have to create their own essay. If understood properly by kids, essay writing can be a very fulfilling accomplishment especially when they get appraisal from their teachers. But teaching essay writing to your children is not an easy task. It is difficult for many children to put together strong sentences, give their essay structure and find the right words to express themselves. It is essential that you teach them to be organized throughout the whole process, from the beginning to the end of the essay.
Here is a simple guide for parents to teach their kids so that essay writing doesn’t have to be a frustrating task. Read on to find out more about this topic.
Age-appropriate Grammar and Spelling
Try to figure out the grammar and spelling level that your child is on. If they are in primary school they should have the basic grammar and spelling concepts. This is important to recognize because they will need both concepts for their essay writing. Without having these basic skills, your child might struggle more.
Introduction of the concept of the word Thesis
This might be a challenge for parents as well. Especially if your child is younger because many children have a hard time grasping on to the proper understanding of what essay writing is all about. But, you may want to ease in the basic concepts of a thesis statement and thesis prompts. Try to make it to the simplest definition as possible so that they don’t have a hard time understanding you. Some children on the other hand, have more advanced writing skills and may come up with their own thesis statement after you explain the concept of it. Explain to them that a thesis is the main point in which the entire essay is about. Every part of the essay should be relevant to the thesis.
Create an outline
First things first, if your child isn’t familiar to what an outline is, then simple explain to them that it is a plan for your essay. This is when you brainstorm about possible thoughts and ideas for your essay and it doesn’t have to be in complete sentences. In writing an essay, children should have the understanding that each sentence should relate to one another.
Explain what an introductory paragraph, concluding paragraph is. Also, how the paragraphs should flow with one another in a logical structure so that it makes sense.
This is a great way for children to get a deeper understanding of how to write an essay, by providing examples. Make sure you choose examples that are easy to comprehend but are written well. Try showing them the correct way in writing an essay and the wrong way of writing an essay so they can compare the differences of each. Make sure that you guide them in writing their first couple essays so that they can ask you questions if they don’t understand a certain concept. As they write more essays, they will feel more confident about writing on their own.
Practice, practice, practice!
Since practice makes everyone better. Let your child write as many essays as he or she feels like. The most effective and sure deal way of improving your child’s essay writing skills is to have them practice it over and over again. Since you have provided them with the fundamental concepts, it will eventually make it much clearer to them on how a great essay should be written like. This is an excellent method of developing your child’s essay writing abilities.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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