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Write - Babies

  • Holding things helps children to coordinate small muscles in their hands and fingers. This is also one of the first steps toward being able to write.
  • Say this simple rhyme making a fist, then using a thumb. Development of fine motor skills also helps prepare children to write.
    • Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin? (Make two fists)

Write - Toddlers

  • Writing (including scribbling) is one way to develop print awareness. Encourage your child to “read” to you what he or she has written. Give them some paper and crayons, markers, pencils, chalk, or they can write in shaving cream and or instant pudding. Scribbling and drawing are the beginning steps to writing.
  • Help them notice the written word by pointing out print all around you, reading street signs, and letting them see you read magazines, books, or mail. When reading, run your finger across or under the words.

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Write - Preschoolers

  • Writing (including scribbling) is one way to develop print awareness. Encourage your child to “read” to you what he or she has written.  Give them some paper and crayons, markers, pencils, chalk, or they can write in shaving cream and or instant pudding. This helps reinforce that writing and print have meaning, which is something children need to know to be ready to read.
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