- Your child should be writing every chance that he/she gets. Put a pencil, crayon, marker or paintbrush in your child’s hand and let them explore the writing process. Knowing how to write your thoughts down on paper takes many, many weeks, months and years to practice. Many incoming Kindergarten and first grade children know their letters and sounds but they are hesitant to use them when writing for fear of making mistakes. Encourage your child to try and write the first sound that they hear in any sound. If they want to write Mom, have your child sound out the first sound, M. If your child wants to write pumpkin, have your child sound out the first sound, P, etc. If you have a reluctant writer, a child who won’t even give writing a try, then have him/her write the alphabet letters for practice just to be able to put letters down on paper. Writing begins with baby steps and that’s where we are in Kindergarten and even at the beginning of first grade, learning our baby steps of writing. Please have paper available for your child along with writing tools such as pencils and markers. If you are headed to the grocery store, have your child ‘write’ down your list. If you are preparing dinner, have your child ‘write’ down what you need from the cabinet before you can prepare your meal. Young children will write when they have a purpose, but often will not, when they are presented with a sheet of paper, a pencil and an order to ‘write’. Help get them started and then watch out, your child’s writing will really take off.
Re-posted from 2009