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?

  • Create fun and interesting ways to draw and write.
    • For example, have your child look in a mirror. Encourage him or her to use dry-erase markers to draw facial features and hair and to write his or her name.
  • Create an interesting place for writing that includes a choice of writing materials in different sizes and shapes.
    • Include a variety of unlined paper, notebooks or recycled paper to use to create books and journals for writing.
  • Read a book or tell a story and leave off the ending.
    • Ask your child to finish the story by drawing or writing a new ending.
  • Encourage your child to write the letter that represents the beginning sound of a picture he or she has drawn.
    • For example, if your child draws a sun, ask your child what letter sun begins with and to write the letter “s” next to the picture. If your child wants to write the last sound of a word, that is fine too. At this early stage of writing, the correct spelling of the word is not the focus. The important skill for your child is to be able to say a word, listen for the beginning sound and write the letter for the sound on paper.