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How to Build Early Writing Skills

  1. Let your child draw and scribble to get physically ready to write and comfortable holding writing instruments. Kids need to have good control over their finger muscles before they can start to write.
  2. Keep writing materials such as nontoxic crayons, paints, brushes, and different kinds of paper in your child's reach and encourage their use.
  3. Notice your child progress from scribbling to one-letter spelling, then to writing a few familiar words. Kids often talk as they write, showing that they understand that the symbols they are writing have meaning.
  4. Four-year olds may make first attempts at letters and "sentences."Keep in mind that single letters, or invented letters and spellings, often represent names and phrases. Kids will likely to try to write their name, names of important people in their lives, and meaningful phrases, such as "I love you."

Get Ready to Read! Overview and Directions
Get Ready to Read! Skill-Building Activities

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This activity is provided by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc. Get Ready to Read!, a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc, aims for all preschool children to have the skills they need to learn to read when they enter school. For more information go to Get Ready to Ready!


September 1, 2014



Don't forget to hydrate! Forego sugary juices and sodas and pack a bottle of water in your child's lunch. If your child likes a little more flavor, spice it up with lemon, lime, cucumbers, or fresh fruit.


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