Early Literacy: Writing
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.