Children’s writing actually starts with their earliest scribbles. By giving infants and toddlers chances to draw with crayons, child care providers are encouraging them to practice the skills that they will need for later writing. With time and practice, children gradually learn to control the scribbles to make lines, circles and eventually some simple letters. These letters are often upside down or backwards, which is normal for young children. After a while, preschoolers may start to put these letters together to form words, such as their name. With even more time and practice, children will be able to spell the words correctly and put words together to form sentences.
Here are some ways child care providers help children learn to write:
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