14 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

How to effectively support early writing skills

Children are never too young to start writing. Believe it or not your child’s first scribble is the stepping stones towards writing.

Developing your child’s fine motor skills

Children need to develop their fine motor skills before they can learn to write in a more formal way.

Play games and activities to enhance this area of development such as: jigsaw puzzles, threading beads onto a string, cutting pieces of paper, using peg boards, putting lids on jars, fit shapes into correct holes, pouring water from one container to another, using a spade to fill the sand bucket, hammering pegs.

Mark making

From a young age all children love to scribble. There is no right or wrong way to scribble.

Praise your child for their efforts and ask them about their work. This shows them that you are interested in their work and that their work is valued. Provide your child with a range of writing materials such as chalk, pens, pencils, crayons, paint, paper, card. Any mark making/scribbling helps develop the muscles needed to write.

Letter formation

Magnetic letters are a fun way to introduce your child to letters.

Just let them play with them and stick them to things. You can start with a simple idea of showing your child what letter their name begins with. Use play dough and string to make letter shapes -have a larger letter drawn and your child can place the play dough or string over the top. Drawing letters in wet sand is fun too.

Beginning to write letters and words

As children develop they will begin to try and write letters to make words, usually all the letters are jumbled and they make nonsense words.

Encourage them to write their nonsense words and praise their efforts. Discuss what they have written. It will most likely not look anything like what they are telling you, but agree and tell them it is wonderful. Telling a child they are wrong will only damage their confidence and they will be reluctant to write for fear of failure.

Don’t panic

All children develop at their own pace. Some children will struggle with writing. They may experience trouble holding their writing tools at the beginning but with fun practice and activities to promote fine motor control, your child will succeed.

It is important to allow our kids to have fun forming letters and words informally before we begin the formal teaching of letter formation.

The formal teaching should be fun too. A great way to begin the formal teaching of letter formation is adopted by Fundanoodle. The activities are bright attractive and fun. It is an all inclusive approach that provides ideas and activities to support the holistic approach to writing, from the fine motor skill requirements to the forming the letters.

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