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writing

Writing helps children learn that letters and words represent sounds and have meaning.


Let your child dictate...

Write: Tell Me a Story

Related to: Telling a Story, Write

Let your child dictate...

Once a week choose a colour to highlight...

Write: The Colour of the Week

Related to: Telling a Story, Write

Once a week choose a colour to highlight...

Print your child’s name on a piece of white paper...

Write: Rainbow Name

Related to: Knowing Letters, Write

Print your child’s name on a piece of white paper...

Show your child how you write your shopping list...

Write: Shopping List

Related to: Seeing Words, Write

Show your child how you write your shopping list...

Help your child look for the letters of her name...

Craft: Me Collage

Related to: Knowing Letters, Write

Help your child look for the letters of her name...

Use letters to create words with a pattern...

Write: Letter Tiles

Related to: Knowing Letters, Write

Use letters to create words with a pattern...

Make a collection of magazine pictures...

Craft: Collage Collection

Related to: Knowing Words, Write

Make a collection of magazine pictures...

Help your child write and read words...

Write: Interesting Words

Related to: Seeing Words, Write

Help your child write and read words...

writing Tips

  • Say the names of the letters as you print your child’s name. Help your child write and read his own name. Print your child’s name on labels for her toys or other personal items. Eventually, your child will recognize his name.
  • The same letter can look different between upper and lower case. Show and teach your child that there is a big R and a little r; a big G and a little g. With any book, not just an alphabet book, you can point out specific letters and talk about them.
  • Show your child how you make lists or write notes. Make paper, pencils, markers, crayons, chalk and finger paints available for scribbling, writing and drawing. Visit the public library often and regularly for a fun outing. Get your child her own library card.

Six skills that get your child ready for reading

  • Liking Books

    Children who enjoy books will want to learn to read.

  • Hearing words

    Hearing the smaller sounds in words helps children sound out written words.

  • Knowing words

    Knowing many words helps children recognize written words and understand what they read.

  • Telling a story

    Learning to tell a story helps children develop skills in thinking and understanding.

  • Seeing words

    Familiarity with printed language helps children feel comfortable with books and reading.

  • Knowing letters

    Knowing the names and sounds of letters helps children sound out words.

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