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Ready to Read Early Literacy Tip 4- Writing

Posted 04/26/21 by Ready to Read

Reading and writing go together, and like the other early literacy skills we’ve explored, (talking, singing, and reading) writing also begins at birth.  Babies can begin to strengthen fine motor muscles as they grasp your finger, objects, and eventually a writing utensil.  These fine motor muscles are essential to the writing process.  Did you know that your child’s scribbles are their first form of writing?  Talk to your child about what they’ve created, even if it looks like a bunch of scribbles.  Chances are there’s a great story behind those scribbles! If your child is not yet conversing back, talk to them about the colors they used and some of the shapes that appear in the scribbles.  As they continue to grow, make sure to provide time throughout the day where they can create, scribble, draw, and write.   

These artful books will inspire a future writer in your child!

Cover of A Squiggly Story

A Squiggly Story

Cover of Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon

DVD   |   eBook   |   BookFlix   |   hoopla
Cover of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

eBook   |   DVD   |   BookFlix
Cover of Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful

DVD   |   eBook   |   eBook Spanish
Cover of The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit

Cover of Monsters Love Colors

Monsters Love Colors

Cover of A Beach Tail

A Beach Tail

Digital AudioBook
Cover of Little Plane Learns to Write

Little Plane Learns to Write

Cover of Niko Draws a Feeling

Niko Draws a Feeling

eBook   |   hoopla eBook

To learn more about all the ways that writing can benefit children birth-preschool as well as more information about early literacy tips, tools, and tricks, please contact the Ready to Read team,, for a 30 minute early literacy training.