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Ready to Read: Writing Resources

How does writing help children learn to read?

  • Writing and reading go together! Both are ways to represent spoken words and to communicate information.

  • Scribbling and drawing are forms of writing — they may not be words, but the lines and pictures your child draws mean something to them.

  • Scribbling and drawing help children develop eye-hand coordination and the fine motor control they need to hold a pencil.

  • As children write, they become aware that the printed letters and words have meaning. They begin to understand the purpose of reading through the process of writing.

  • Writing doesn't always have to be writing — it can be tracing in sand, playing with clay or play dough, or crinkling up newspaper to help strengthen finger muscles!

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