girl writingTeachers who spend more time on writing produce better reading students. Why? Because most reading skills can be learned while writing. Writing and reading are related to, and depend on, each other. Even the earliest attempts at writing can help your child develop reading skills.

Early writing attempts are often efforts to communicate with others by making visible markings on paper. Children quickly realize that they can use writing to make requests, to identify objects, and to express their feelings. As children’s awareness of print develops, they recognize that the squiggles on paper are like the print in books, and the two activities of reading and writing begin to connect.

Sound-to-letter connection

Children often use invented spelling when trying to write words they don’t know. This is good because as they say words slowly and put down the sounds they hear, they start to understand that words are made up of sounds.

Sight words

Children will begin to learn to spell some words correctly that they use over and over again. We call these words sight words because when reading you do not want to sound them out. You want children to just know them "by sight." Writing words will help your child read those same words in books.

Punctuation

Children will begin to enjoy using punctuation in their writing. They love exclamation points. Using punctuation will help them begin to understand how punctuation can help when reading. 

Illustrations

Children most often start their stories with a picture and then enjoy writing something about it. This helps them learn the important role illustrations play in understanding stories in books. Encourage your child to draw a picture and then write a story to go with it.

You can find lots of opportunities for your child to write. Encourage your child to make lists, write thank you notes, keep a journal, and write stories. Keep it fun and meaningful to your child.  You will be amazed at how it helps them learn to read!

Writing Activity

Take a photograph of your child doing something fun. Print it out and ask your child to write something about it. Put it on the fridge for everyone to read or mail it to a grandparent (they will love it I promise you!)