Prewriting is the first stage in the writing process. Writing readiness skills are the fundamental skills that children need to develop before they are able to write. It begins with scribbling as a baby and turns into lines, circles, and other shapes as they grow. These scribbles, lines and shapes are the basics of letter formation and are essential in the development of handwriting. Children learn these lines and strokes in a developmental sequence, according to their age.
Children need to build up their hand strength through fine motor skills before actually writing. These skills contribute to the child’s ability to hold and move a pencil fluently, and the ability to draw, write, copy, and colour. Pre-writing activities not only help little learners learn shapes and structures of the letters, they aid in the development of hand-eye coordination, finger dissociation and finger strength. Many of these activities also involve sensory play and development.
Many of these activities engage multiple senses and children love activities that appeal to their sense of touch, sight and smell.
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