Encouraging Writing at Home for Younger Kids.

Encouraging Writing at Home for Younger Kids.

 There are lots of ways to encourage early writing and these are just a few... Some of them might seem pretty obvious and simple, but I thought it’d be helpful to have some tips all in one place for us busy parents to look at. Simple suits busy, right?!

  1. Let the kids see you writing in your every day lives. They will be curious and encouraged to copy what you’re doing...
  2. Celebrate any early writing and don’t worry about if it’s spelt correctly or if it even looks like a word or not. Praise is so important.
  3. Provide areas where the kids can write - any surface will do and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Besides, kids + pens = won’t look nice for long!
  4. Provide tools for writing, from the very basic pencil and paper, to cool, stylish stationery and funky pens or post its. 
  5. Get them reading! See if they can spot the ‘special’ letters in their name when reading books or out and about reading signs etc..
  6. Use painting as a way to familiarise themselves with the letters in their names. Paint the individual letters and eventually their whole name. You can do the same with chalk outside…
  7. Use a plate of flour for them to trace the alphabet with their fingers.
  8. Keep a notebook/paper/pencil in the back of the car for them to use on  journeys.
  9. Check out the ‘role-play’ ideas in my blog here for more fun ways to encourage writing at home.