Writing for All Occasions
Preschool children are beginning to learn that there are many purposes for writing. At this stage, it’s more important that your child learns to enjoy the writing process rather than focusing on perfecting his writing mechanics. Sometimes if an adult places too much pressure on handwriting or spelling, it can discourage the child and cause him to dislike writing. At Cadence Education, we prefer to offer your child open-ended writing experiences that stimulate your child’s imagination and creativity while also developing his fine motor skills for writing. You can do this at home too!
- Two-year-olds—Why not help your child explore writing by making letters or cards to mail to others? As you create your message to a friend or family member, encourage your child to add his own pictures and letter-like shapes.
- Three-year-olds—Invite your child to draw or ‘write’ simple messages to family members on post-it notes to leave around the house as a surprise. Your child can also draw or write a shopping list to help you prepare for online ordering or a trip to the grocery store.
- Four-/Five-year-olds—Your child could also keep a journal of your time at home using pictures and letters. As you let your child determine for himself what he wants to write, he will learn to enjoy expressing his thoughts through writing.
Skills Supported: fine motor skills (writing, drawing), creative expression, journaling