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Writing

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

Writing Tips

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Encourage scribbling, writing and drawing in daily activities. Give your child opportunities to practice “writing” her name or let her “write” notes or lists.
  • 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.