How to develop writing skills in a preschooler

January 15, 2019

Writing is an important part of our daily lives as it is not only a skill but for some people it is a way to express themselves. So it is one of the difficult skill to learn and master. For kids in the age group of 18 months to 2 years simple activities, help them begin to develop their writing skills. Parents plays a vital role here by encouraging their kids to write ultimately contributing to their future success as a student and as an adult while teaching them how to express themselves.

Creativity is a bridge to learning. Creativity helps a child to become a thoughtful, inquisitive, and confident learner later on, when they starts going to school. For very young children, there are four stages of drawing and writing that you may see as your child grows from 18 months old to 3 years old. The child may master these skills faster or slower and still be developing. Growth doesn’t happen at the same speed for every child, but by offering repeated fun experiences with a variety of art and writing materials, one can see progress over time.

The different forms of skills are used when a child starts writing in a preschool. The very first stage is the one when the child is in the age group of 18 months to 2.5 years. At this stage the child generally starts with random scribbling as they consider it as a fun activity, whereas some kinds enjoy finger painting, thumb painting and various other forms of art and craft activities.

The second stage is the group of children in the age group of 2-3 years who starts learning the writing skills under the guidance of their teachers or parents. The form of writing is used is Controlled scribbling in which the teacher provides various shapes, objects, figures etc. to the child and help them to do scribbling in those shapes only. The kids also make the transition to holding the crayon or marker between their thumb and pointer finger.

The third stage is the group of children in the age group of 3-4 years where they start making lines and patterns. Children now understand that writing is made up of lines, curves, and repeated patterns. They try to imitate this in their own writing. At this point of time a child may not write actual words but starts learning to read and write.

The fourth stage is the group of children in the age group of 3-5 years where they start practice writing letters and words. These letters and words are probably not correct, but it does not matter as it is an exciting milestone means that the child is beginning to understand the text and print which have meaning.

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