There is no magic age to begin writing with your preschoolers. Children will show you the signs; it is your job to know the signs. They need to demonstrate readiness and desire. We want to make writing fun. We also want to make it relevant to them., as teachers, we usually begin with the student's name. Beginning with their name helps them to start to recognize letter names.
At this age, we are still seeing them develop; they're fine motor skills that are necessary for holding writing utensils for more extended amounts of time. We can increase student writing skills through planned fine motor activities and experiences, such as play with clay, legos, stringing beads on pipe cleaners, and using scissors.
When young children are learning to write, we often use the term emergent writing. For more information on emergent writing, I suggest you read the following article by NAEYC.
Here are the signs you need to know to support your preschoolers who are ready to write:
Things to keep in mind:
Starting to teach writing to early can discourage writing and be harmful to the student. If it is too hard for them, they will form this stigma about writing, and it could deter them from wanting to write even as they grow older and have become ready.
Letter reversals are typical until about the age of 7.
Writing is not easy. Be a writing role model. Write often and let them watch your movements.
Articles I have found helpful in the past when researching supportive writing techniques:
Abby Lazarus, M.Ed.
Current Doctoral Student. Masters in Early Childhood Studies. Bachelors in Child Development. ECE professional for 15 years.
Current Doctoral Student.Masters in Early Childhood Studies and Bachelors in Child Development. 15 years in the ECE profession.