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 and practice letter writing.
- For example, exercise finger and hand muscles by having your child spread modeling clay on a flat surface such as a cookie sheet. Use a chopstick, pencil or pen and have your child draw a picture or write a story in the clay. It is easy to use their fingers to erase and start a new story or picture.
- Create an inviting drawing and writing space at home.
- For example, create a post office at home. You can stock it with materials such as stamp pads, stationery, cards, envelopes, stickers, junk mail, magazines and catalogs. Provide a choice of writing tools such as crayons, markers, glue, pens and pencils. The next time a family member or friend has a celebration, let your child create a special card for the occasion.
- Play games that incorporate writing or drawing.
- For example, you might play a letter tracing guessing game with your child. Trace letters with your fingers on your child’s back. Have him/ or her guess what letter you are tracing. Next, have your child trace letters on your back and you guess the letter.
- Provide painting, art supplies, and unlined paper.
- Let your child be creative and free in what he or she chooses to create. Ask your child to tell you about his or her masterpiece.