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A hand with a pencil

Uses writing tools

Writing at this age comes in varied forms. Scribbling and drawing are the beginning stages of writing. Eventually, children will begin making letter-like shapes and assigning meaning to their “writing.” Children need daily practice with writing, as well as practice strengthening the muscles in their hands and fingers. As a parent, you can promote writing skills at home by modeling and providing opportunities for writing in day-to-day routines.

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Bindman, S. W., Skibbe, L. E., Hindman, A. H., Aram, D., & Morrison, F. J. (2014). Parental writing support and preschoolers' early literacy, language, and fine motor skills. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29, 614–624.