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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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, for a 30 minute early literacy training.