Coloring is a great way to practice hand-eye coordination needed for reading and writing. Talk to your child about their drawing and label some of the items in the picture. Point out the words to your child. This shows that printed letters stand for spoken words.
Notes from Story Time Category: Writing
Even before children can write themselves, learning about the written word helps them see that they are many ways to communicate information. Supertruck by Stephen Savage does not have a lot of text on each page. However, the text is displayed in neat block lettering, which is great for children learning letters. Having children trace the words with their finger will help them understand the shapes that form letters and words.
Writing and reading development support one another. As children become aware of print, they begin to understand that the print is what you are reading—not the pictures. They start to see print everywhere in their world and to understand that it represents meaning and the spoken word. It is also important to have your child practice scribbling even before they know how to form letters.
Try this fun activity at home to help strengthen the muscles in your child’s hands and get them ready for writing. After you read a birthday book such as I Got a Chicken for My Birthday, give your child a piece of wrapping paper for your child to wrinkle, tear, bend, and fold. These motions will help strengthen the muscles in your child’s hands and get them ready for writing.
Writing starts as scribbles by children. This then develops into letters, words, and sentences. This teaches children that spoken words are shown as written words and that there are other forms of communication.
Give your child plenty of opportunities to draw and write. Talk to your child about what he or she draws. Books that show writing as part of everyday life will help your child see its many uses. For example, point out the writing on the signs as you read My Truck Is Stuck.