Beginning writing includes fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination for controlling writing tools, understanding that we can show our thoughts through drawing and writing, and writing letters that represent sounds in words.

How can I help?

  • Take writing outside.
    • Encourage your child to use sidewalk chalk or paint to paint, draw or write large circles, lines and shapes on an outside wall, sidewalk or fence.
  • Provide a topic for your child to draw or write about such as a favorite animal, favorite food or special event.
    • When he or she has finished, have him or her tell you about the picture.
  • Create drawing/writing experiences that relate to real-world experiences.
    • Provide items in your home like notepads, note cards, notebooks or journals. Write notes to friends and family to show children that they can be producers of print.
  • Create inviting writing spaces.
    • Tape a large sheet of paper to the floor or table. Provide markers, crayons, chalk or finger-paint and invite your child to create a masterpiece.
  • Discover creative ways to use common materials for writing.
    • For example, pour finger paint into a resealable freezer bag. Place the carefully sealed bag on a table or floor and show your child how to create the letters of his or her name by tracing with his finger on the bag. You can also fill the bag with hair gel, liquid soap or a non-toxic substance of your choice.