At the age of approximately 18 months, babies have fun at scribble and make the first drawings, but they still lack the motor control or hand-eye coordination to write the letters of the alphabet.
Around the age of three, however, children do i first attempts at writing by putting together random lines and shapes. When they go to school, at the age of 5/6, they usually know a few letters and use a pencil with some control.
These skills and knowledge are typically taught in kindergarten, but also parents can help stimulate children to write, even in preschool.
For example one thing parents can do is be seen writing often (a shopping list or birthday card) and tell the children about what they are doing. To encourage them to “write” just reverse the roles and ask the children to write something and read what they have written.
Of course they will scribble and invent something out loud, but this will make writing fun and enjoyable for them and once they know how to copy patterns and shapes they will be ready to learn letters.
The important thing is that the parents do not impose anything but make everything as a pleasant game. They must show how to hold the pen correctly by correcting any mistakes, but they must not constantly correct children and must not prevent them from using their preferred hand. However, it is better to praise every attempt of children (however shaky), rather than mortify them.
Children’s books to learn to write
To help children learn to read and write, parents can also use children’s books suitable for this purpose. So I have prepared a small selection of useful books whether the little ones are preparing for school or just practicing at home. The books are full of useful activities to do, with practical and fun pages.
But before listing them, I recommend this text:
100 Montessori activities to prepare my child to read and write: 2-6 years
This is a really useful Montessori-inspired reading for parents who want to stimulate the child to write and read. According to the illustrious Maria Montessori, the most suitable period to start is from 3 to 6 years. The book offers hints and ideas to stimulate the senses and build sensory games at home and organize play activities in preparation for learning to write and read easily.
Where to find it → 100 Montessori activities to prepare my child for reading and writing
Play and learn the alphabet
This is an activity book, a book in which children, thanks to the rewritable pages and the erasable marker, can become familiar with the alphabet and improve their graphic skills without the fear of making mistakes. Children can draw by following the traces, practice with the letters of the alphabet, understand the correct relationship between the “sound” of the letter and the respective graphic sign and have fun erasing a thousand times.
Age of reading: from 4 years.
Where to find it → Play and learn the alphabet
I learn the letters with the blackboard book
Well done book and much appreciated by parents. It’s packed with activities to do, great for introducing kids to writing and reading.
Thanks to the erasable whiteboard marker it is equipped with, children can erase and repeat the exercises indefinitely.
The felt-tip pen supplied with the volume is equipped with an anti-suffocation cap and an eraser.
Age of reading: from 4 years.
Where to find it → I learn the letters with the blackboard book
ABC 123 Play and learn with Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig is very popular with children and can be a stimulus to stimulate children. The book suitable for preschoolers, contains letters to write, stickers to stick, coloring pages, copying games of letters and words. Simple and intuitive, it requires the right amount of dexterity and knowledge that will increase the child’s autotism.
Where to find → Play and learn with Peppa pig ABC
Learn to write in capital letters and italics
Here are two very well done books that complement each other. One is for learning to write in capital letters, the other in italics. The activities present allow children to learn by playing and will lead them, in a gradual and pleasant way, to understand how to write the letters of the alphabet in uppercase and lowercase, to associate each letter with the respective sound and the formation of syllables for a first start reading. Age of reading: from 5 years.
Where to find it →Learn to write in capital letters
Where to find it →Learn to write in italics
My first chalkboard book
A very nice 48-page book, suitable for learning how to write many words through the method of tracing by imitation. The book is divided into two sections: in the first you can use only the pencil while in the second only the marker. It opens on a rigid base so it becomes like a small slate and can be positioned vertically and placed on a surface. Age of reading: from 3 years.
Where to find it → my first blackboard book
I learn to write letters
This is also an easy and fun book for learning how to write letters. It is equipped with a magic board to practice with and contains tips and directions for knowing, recognizing and writing the letters of the alphabet. The magic slate is removable from the last page and very easy to use with a special pen attached to the book. The child can cancel whenever he wants by scrolling the page inside the book again. Age of reading: from 4 years.
Where to find it → I learn to write letters
To have something different from books with letters to copy and transcribe, here is a nice idea: the book slate. It is a book with many blackboard effect pages on which children can write with a piece of chalk. Children will be able to practice writing not only at home but also outside.
Where to find it → blackboard book
Connected wooden letters for tablets
If you want something more technological, I found this game that is not a classic book but the perfect combination of traditional toy and touch-screen technology. It deals with of a game with 26 wooden letters, connected to the network with the tablet that helps children to read and write. There are 3 free apps inspired by the Montessori method. It is compatible with iPad but the Italian language is not guaranteed.
Where to find it → Marbotic-Smart-Letters-Lettere-connected
If you are a book lover, remember these that I have also reported to you to make a nice gift or consult:
→ children’s books reported by Fertile Period
→ the special section of the Fertile Period dedicated to books and readings.
Enjoy the reading!