If you are interested in how your child develops his or her speaking ability to the writing capability, these should be what you can expect… in the early stages, your child starts to learn to make sounds which we usually refer to as “baby talk” and at this stage, your child is developing the skill and capability to mimic whatever you are talking to them (it is recommended that you speak as per normal and not in a “baby” voice) or to anybody. In another few months, your child will start to learn how to scribble. And if you are interested to bring their scribbling to the next level, here are some activities and tools you can use to help progress this learning!
#1 Introduce Letters
One of the most popular toys that you can introduce your child to writing is the magnetic alphabet. You can also consider those alphabet puzzles that come with larger letters which fit easily into a wooden puzzle. Teaching them how to identify letters will soon have your child spelling simple words.
When you child has learned all of the alphabet, this is also a great time to start spelling simple words and even your child’s name. The letter pieces are usually brightly colored to keep your child engaged.
#2 Introduce Phonics
There are educational systems that skip phonics and go straight to sight words. There is an issue with this approach because children don’t seem to improve quickly in their spelling and writing which is why the concept of introducing phonics is still important.
It is important for your child to learn how to sound out words correctly because when he or she does begin to write, the ability to sound out the words will mean fewer spelling errors. If your child is learning only sight words, he or she may even experience the difficulty in putting words together to form sentences.
So if you are keen to introduce phonics to your child, you can look for CDs or computer downloads that you can purchase with flashcards or go with those educational toys offered by Leapfrog that will teach your child the basics of learning the sounds of letter and letter combinations.
#3 Writing Pads
Writing pads that are designed for children can be great activities and ways to pick up writing. These usually come with rows of particular letters where your child can then join the dots to write the specific letter. This is a great way to practice, guiding them enough so that they won’t get totally confused. You can also check out some of those electronic toys and tablet games that do the same thing, but if you’re on a budget then writing pads are all you really need to start with.
Once your child gets through the alphabet, teaching them how to spell his or her name is very exciting and builds confidence. You can then help them have fun and practice by letting them sign their name on cards for relatives. This is a great motivator to help your child learn to write!