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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

  • Encourage scribbling, writing and drawing in daily activities. Give your child opportunities to practice “writing” her name or let her “write” notes or lists.
  • 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.
  • A shopping list is one way to show your child that printed words represent real things. Show your child how you write your shopping list (and let him “write” one too). At the store, read the list with your child and find the items together. You can use pictures from flyers to create lists as well.

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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