The journey to becoming a confident writer begins when a child experiments with creating different-shaped marks, be it making marks with a crayon, or simply moving a finger on a steamed up window or through spilt tomato sauce.
Enjoyable adult-guided activities such as threading, weaving, sewing and printing are essential for developing the co-ordination skills needed to hold and manipulate a pen to master the complex skills of handwriting.
Our Growing Writer’s approach supports the complex magical journey from making a mark, to emergent writing, to confident writer, laying the foundational skills that enable each child to flourish with the confidence and capability to succeed at school. More importantly, Growing Writers nourishes the inspiration and desire to write, exploring the connection between written and spoken word through play and communication.
In our settings look out for our play and learning at home ideas which will provide you with activity suggestions that you can do with your child at home to support their learning, so that together we can help your child to become a confident writer. You can view our Play and Learning at Home Activities online, which will provide you with lots more exciting ideas and activities for you and your child to help support their magical writing journey.
• Triangular shaped pencils and felt-tip pens are best for helping children’s early mark making and writing. The three sides naturally help small fingers assume an appropriate grip and make drawing a more comfortable experiences. These can be purchased in most good stationary and toy shops.
• Always sit beside your children when they are writing. This way, they will not see letter formation upside down or sideways.
• Writing down things that your child says will help them understand that what they say can be written down and understood by someone else.
• Finger painting, and writing in dry sand are good activities for developing motor skills and visual perception, helping your child to coordinate their hand movements and fine motor skills.
• Painting their names with water on pavements or bricks is a great activity for young children, helping to develop their gross motor skills and also define their movements as they see the concrete changing from light to dark. This activity is very simple – it only requires water, a bucket and a large brush.