Writing for early years, encourage your child to start writing in preparation for Primary School.
Early forms of writing
Writing starts in pre-school children in the form of scribbles and various marks on paper. It’s never too early to encourage writing in young children.
Encourage your child to be expressive with their scribbles and give them various things to ‘write’ on and various things to ‘write’ with.
- coloured paper
- tracing paper
- lining paper
- pavement (with chalk)
- wipe boards
- post it notes
- sticks (for sand)
- finger painting
Encourage your child to make up stories for you to write down for them. They would love to see their stories on paper and to hear them read back to them.
If your child draws a picture ask them what is happening in the picture and explain the story.
Writing through play
Children will write through play pretending to write letters, shopping lists, menus etc.