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Simple Steps: Writing

Reading and writing go together. Both are ways to represent spoken words and to communicate information. Children become aware that printed letters stand for spoken words as they see print in their everyday lives. Through writing, they develop a purpose and meaning of reading. By drawing and scribbling, they practice eye-hand coordination. This helps in the development of the fine motor control needed to write letters and words. You can help your child develop this practice by:

For Babies

  • Read books to your baby.
  • When your baby reaches 12 months, let him/her periodically hold a chunky crayon.
  • By 17 or 18 months, your child may show an interest in writing. Encourage your baby to scribble on blank paper using chunky crayons.

For Toddlers

  • Read books to your child.
  • Encourage your child to draw and write using thick markers and crayons as often as possible.
  • Talk to your child about his/her drawings.

For Preschoolers

  • Read books to your child.
  • Encourage your child to draw and write as often as possible.
  • Talk to your child about his/her drawings. Ask questions. Encourage your child to tell a story about it.
  • Ask your child to “sign” his/her name on the drawings. Although it may start out as a scribble, your child is learning that they can write something that represents his/her name. In time he/she will be able to write their initials and then the complete name.

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