When a child begins to show her interest in writing, usually by around four years of age, it is an exciting time for parents. However, it is important for the parents to inculcate in their child 'pre-writing skills' - fundamental skills that children need to develop before they are able to write.
'Pre-writing skills are essential for a child to be able to develop the ability to hold and move a pencil fluently and effectively and therefore produce legible writing,' according to an article, Writing Readiness (Pre-Writing) Skills, published in www.childdevelopment.com.au. When these skills are underdeveloped, it can lead to frustration, resistance to writing, low self-esteem and poor academic performance.
Writing legibly requires well-developed fine motor skills, which improve the ability to control small precise movements with the fingers, wrists and hands. Tracing shapes and patterns, joining the dots, copying lines, drawing and colouring are good pre-writing tasks for your child.
Working with play dough, writing or drawing on a vertical surface like a blackboard, using tweezers and tongs, sliding beads on a string, writing in the sand and cutting out figures using scissors are others (of course, parental supervision is required when tasks involve using sharp instruments).
Do not be too eager to teach your child how to write letters and numbers. Instead, have fun drawing together, copying shapes and colouring them. And, praise your child's effort as her skills develop!
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Pre-writing skills are the fundamental skills children need to develop before they are able to write. These skills contribute to a child's ability to hold and use a pencil, and the ability to draw, write, copy, and colour. A major component of pre-writing skills are the pre-writing shapes...
More at: www.childdevelopment.com.au
Pre-writing skills are essential for a child to be able to develop the ability to hold and move a pencil fluently and effectively and therefore, produce legible writing. When these skills are underdeveloped it can lead to frustration and resistance.
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Erin Brown Conroy, author of Writing SkillBuilders, Book One: A Fun-Filled Book of Pre-writing Skills for Beginning Writers, says that hand-eye coordination begins to develop at an early age. She notes that children need to perfect that coordination in order to learn writing skills. Several factors determine the difficulty of handwriting for children. One is the rate at which each child develops the skills essential to early writing.
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Most research on early writing has focused on lower primary-aged children which means studies on younger children (from 2-5 years) are a little thin. One of the causes of this was the long-held philosophy that very young children would learn what they needed by merely playing within a print-rich environment...
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When your child begins to show interest in writing, it is really an exciting time which should be encouraged. As a parent, you may find it difficult in knowing where to begin. This article will provide you with a guideline on how best to develop your child's pre-writing skills...
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The pre-writing activities for preschool children in this article are a great way to build essential, foundational fine motor skills. These skills will include hand strength, directional movement patterns and effective hand position, which will then facilitate making lines, letters, and shapes. All development comes in predictable stages...
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Often, young children are given writing tools to use before they are ready for them. Young children from three to five years of age use their hands to explore and learn about the environment and themselves. By developing good hand skills and other pre-writing skills you will prepare your child for the next step, which is writing...
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The skills involved in learning to write are called pre-writing skills. These include the sensorimotor skills that contribute to a child holding and using a pencil, and the ability to draw, copy, and colour. This PDF presents some great suggestions to improve your child's pre-writing skills...
More at: www.rch.org.au
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