Supporting Very Young Writers


Supporting Very Young Writers

Writing a child usually goes through several stages, beginning with scribbles that will involve, forms or letters not recognizable. From there, children tend to write with more like forms and letters later, your child can create a piece of writing that includes a chain of letters at random. Regardless of the stage, recognizing that any effort pencil on paper has value. Two ways to support your child’s effort are time writing and dictation.

Write the time

At school, writing time can be called the author’s workshop. During this special time at home, provide time and fun materials for writing. This can include bad smell markers, grease pencils and paper in all shapes and sizes. Encourage your child to draw and / or write, and use this time to talk about what has been created. Initial efforts will probably not make it readable by your child, but let your child feel like an expert with this writing. As the child grows, it is possible that the time of writing begins to include a greater emphasis on letters and sounds. A child’s name and simple words like Mom, Dad and love are often written before. Regardless of what has been written, be proud of the work and show it to everyone.


Writing what your child says is a simple but effective way to model many important aspects of written language. These dictation activities can take place after a family adventure, an exciting event or a shared experience of books. It can be as simple as writing a favorite part of a movie or book or record of what it was for dessert that night. Ask your child to sit next to you or watch you write. Your child’s observation will account for many conventions of written language, including the capital, spacing between words and punctuation. Keep the sentences dictated and use your best entries! These dictated sentences can be one of the first things your young writer bed alone. When you are finished writing, encourage your child to read the sentences with you.

Regardless of the subject, it is always fun to listen to what your child thinks is the most interesting part of a book or the most exciting part of your time. The written capture will create a memory, and will also help your child overcome the path of literacy.

Research to Practice: This growth player based partly on research from the Early Childhood Education Journal (2012).

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