7 Ways To Encourage Your Child To Write

teddy-bearThe “writing” of a child may look like gobbledygook to an adult, but it is full of meaning to the preschooler who wrote it. Just ask her to read it back to you!

Learning to write does take time. Just as learning to talk starts with babbling and learning to walk starts with crawling, learning to write starts with scribbling.

Over time, children become more aware of letters and words around them – on cereal boxes, traffic signs, PostIt notes, etc. Children try to copy those letters and string them together into words to make themselves better understood.

Here are seven ways you can encourage your children to write:

Give them the “write” stuff
Have plenty of markers, crayons, and paper on hand at all times. Consider keeping a zippered bag or box full of writing materials in the car or in your bag so your child will be able to write anytime, anywhere.

Make it real
Ask your child to sign a card or thank-you note, to autograph a painting, or help with the grocery list. Young children’s desire to write increases when they know their writing has a purpose and an audience.

Make it “official”
Shopping ListTo encourage writing as well as creative play, provide your child with a variety of official-looking forms and pads, such as office memos, bank deposit/withdrawal slips, store order forms (those IKEA shopping list might come in handy), etc. These forms look so important, they just beg to be filled out.

Be an example
Let your child see you and other family members writing letters, birthday cards, grocery lists, instruction for the babysitter, recipes, and so on. This way, your child will learn to understand that writing is important and useful.

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