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 develop fine motor skills.
- For example, you might have your child roll clay or dough into a sausage shape and then form it into circles, triangles or letter-like shapes.
- Use the letters in your child’s name to practice letter writing.
- For example, write the first letter in your child’s name in chalk. Provide a wet sponge and have your child trace over the letter.
- Praise the effort that your child demonstrates when drawing or writing.
- Recognize that scribbling is part of writing development.
- Provide creative ways to draw and write.
- For example, have your child draw pictures or write in shaving cream or finger paint. Play music and have your child draw and write to the tempo of the music.