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How to Build Early Writing Skills

When is the best time to start teaching your child to write? You might be surprised to know that Montessori students begin learning to write as early as age two! Starting early has many benefits, and in fact, many Montessori children can read before entering kindergarten. The Montessori method works by taking advantage of early development, a magical time when children are most receptive to learning language skills. From their first coos to writing their first “A,” children are building lasting skills that will help them grow.

Writing Starts with Story Time

Storytime is a fun way for teachers and parents to bond with their children while also encouraging academic development. From infancy forward, reading with your child will build an early interest in learning to read and write, and it will enhance your child’s language skills.

Honing Fine Motor Skills

Montessori students are given a variety of activities to strengthen their fine motor skills. Washing dishes, assembling pegged puzzles, and using scissors are just a few. Activities using the hands and fingers will make it easier to use a pencil in the future.

Developing Upper Body Skills

Proper posture and arm strength are very important when a child is learning to write. For example, children should be able to sit up straight for a period of time while being able to use arms properly. Easily switching from hand to hand and reaching around their back indicates that the child has strong arm muscle control, and they might be ready to start writing.

Tracing Lines

Tracing lines teaches children how to hold a pencil while learning basic letter formations. Students simply trace straight lines and gradually begin tracing squiggly lines and shapes. Tracing squiggly lines teaches the child control of the pencil which makes writing letters easier.

Learning Letters and Phonetic Sounds

Identifying letters and the sounds they make are the next steps. As children learn their letters, he or she should learn to associate that letter with the sound it makes. This will make the information more concrete and easier to remember while setting the stage for early reading skills.

December 27th, 2016

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