Writing refers to the ability to put form and structure to one’s thoughts and expressions.You may think that speaking comes naturally to children, however you need to understand that there is a sequential process by which young children acquire language.
The relation between language acquisition, comprehension and the ability to make meaning from the spoken words is a difficult activity requiring mental processes to plan and execute a task.
It’s magnificent how a child absorbs new vocabulary and it’s meaning, and is able to use it appropriately at the right time. Your child’s first words must have been magical; as that was the first time she said “mama” or “papa”. When she asked for “more” of her favourite food or toy, she was testing through trial and error if she will get more of the same.
At the age of 4, when your child learns to speak fluently and has been exposed to various gross motor activities which build stability in the large muscles, we can expect them to be excited to write one’s own name or numbers and letters that they have learnt at school.
In order to make writing easy, enjoyable and comfortable the fine muscles in their fingers require strengthening, this can be done by performing activities like tweezing, playing with dough, manipulating their fingers to pick and sort objects, scissor practice, tearing, molding and pasting paper in order to develop the pincer grip.
Writing requires children to:
- Plan what they need to express,
- Recall the formation of the letters, symbols or words and
- Apply all the spellings they can remember before they start to write on paper.
Until the age of 5 years the muscles in the palm and the thumb do not connect and until the age of 6 or 7 years children may write invented spellings such as ‘skool’ for school, ‘tchr’ for teacher and ‘lyk’ for like. All these are acceptable till this age as they allow freedom to express one’s thoughts.
As the child grows older, their language and motor skills further develop. Which results in their ability to write legitimate words and sentences.
You may be surprised with notes that read like the one below:
This note may look like a bad example to you but focus on the expressions of the child and ignore the spellings, the letters are too close to form the words yet the spacing between the words is appropriate, which tells us that the child is spatially aware of how to write a word and a sentence.
It’s important to encourage your little one to keep writing and doodling you never know if there’s a budding author hidden somewhere!
Skillmatics write and wipe activity mats are a perfect platform for children to enjoy scribbling, doodling and automatically fall into writing with ease. The Alphabet Big and Small pack allows your child to practice writing the letters, The Doodle and Draw pack has some reflective thinking activities and comic expression activities that will make your child enjoy the process of writing with much ease and joy.
We aim to ensure your child enjoys learning through the joy of play with our informal learning mats at the convenience of your home.