5 Practices of Early Literacy
Drawing and scribbling develop fine motor skills and teach children that print represents spoken sounds. It can also help children develop eye-hand coordination and the fine motor control they need to hold a pencil.
- Ages 0-1: Practice activities that build finger muscles, such as picking up Cheerios and grasping toys.
- Ages 1-2: Practice activities that build finger muscles, such as crumpling paper, completing simple puzzles, and grasping small objects like shakers, straws, spoons, and more.
- Ages 2-3: Explore shapes. Letters are made of shapes, so identifying shapes is a first step towards recognizing letters. Play with physical letters, such as magnets or letters made from playdough.
- Ages 3-5: Color and scribble! Ask your preschooler to write about their drawing. Even if they aren’t writing letters, this helps them recognize that written words stand for spoken words.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Unlock your child's potential with this reading challenge. For ages 0-5.