Writing is a uniquely human activity; and therefore, a wonder to watch develop.

(My daughter ‘wrote’ her name ‘Abby’ – she was 3 at the time)

For your child to write, he or she must develop a sophisticated collection of cognitive, fine and gross motor, and language skills. While reading is an important means of understanding other people’s ideas, writing becomes an important way for children to understand what they think.

Surprisingly, writing is not generally encouraged in young children as much as reading. Friends and family give gifts of books more often than gifts of writing supplies. As a result, your role in encouraging good written communication skills is crucial.

Make a conscious decision to provide your child with the materials, time, and encouragement to become an effective writer. Here are some typical developmental patterns in written language development and some ways to foster its growth:

Keep in mind that language develops in various ways and at various speeds. Therefore, if other children the same age show signs of more advanced development, you do not need to be overly concerned. However, be sure to discuss any observations about possible delays with your pediatrician to be sure that an intervention is not needed.

By Anne Oxenreider