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Early Literacy: Writing

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Reading and writing go together. Both are ways to represent spoken words and communicate.  You can encourage writing skills through coloring, scribbling, and other activities.




  • Provide markers, crayons, or chalk for coloring and scribbling. These activities build muscles for small motor skills and enhance coordination for writing.
  • Make a point of letting your child watch you write, whether it be a list, a note, or anything else!  Provide paper so your child can scribble as you write. Explain what you’re writing and ask your child what he/she “writing.”
  • Make the connection between words and the thoughts and objects they represent.
  • Have your child trace letters with his/her fingers.
  • Use Play Doh or homemade dough to make letters.

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