Early Learning: Where Writing Begins

It’s never too early to teach your child to write! Much like reading, the sooner you begin- the better. With a little background knowledge on the stages of writing development, parents can play an important role in nurturing their children to begin writing. Understanding how children acquire writing skills is helpful when you’re trying to encourage your child’s learning. For detailed information, please check out Playful Learning by Mariah Bruehl. Here is an overview of the various stages to help you determine your child’s stage in the writing process, accompanied by recommended books:

Stage I. Drawing pictures is a powerful way to communicate. Children should be encouraged to use illustrations to communicate their ideas. Helping your child identify writing tools at an early age will be the first steps to the path to writing.

                      Harold and the Purple Crayon
by Crockett Johnson


Stage II. As children learn about the alphabet, they start recognize letters in their world. At this stage, letters will appear nonsensical but the child is simply recognizing and copying what they see.

                  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
by Bill Martin

Stage III. Children are now fascinated with creating “readable” words. They will ask you how to correctly spell a word as writing becomes more valuable to them.

                           Jack and Annie's Story Word Book
by Rebecca Elgar

Check your local library’s event listing for story times and other free early learning programs. If you’re interested in learning more about Early Learning Writing Skills, please check out these books at the library or ask your local Children’s Librarian for recommendations.

Comments
Pat Oey
Wow! Great suggestions! I love those books.
8/29/2016 1:09:18 PM

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