Reading and writing are both forms of communication. Encouraging your child to write,
even if it’s scribbles, helps them learn print awareness
, an understanding
of the importance of print and an early literacy skill needed to learn to read.
What can you do?
- Make up your own version of a simple story with your child. Have the child draw
the pictures and you write the words. Put it together and create a book, written
and illustrated by the two of you!
- Ask your child to write out 3 items to get at the grocery store. Scribbles and nonsense letters are fine; just remember what they’re supposed to mean. Help them locate those print words at the store. “Look, there’s the word ‘apples’ just like you wrote on your list.”
- Encourage creative writing, with sidewalk chalk, washable markers, or crayons.
- If a child has a favorite subject, such as horses, help them learn to write words
related to it, such as saddle, hoof, or cowgirl.
- Ask your child to print place cards or menus for special dinners.