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Writing Skills in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What are writing skills?

Writing skills are your child's ability to express thoughts and ideas in writing. Your child will begin by scribbling or drawing simple shapes. He or she will then start to write letters. When your child understands how to combine and break apart letters to form words, he or she is developing writing skills. Your child needs strong writing skills to be successful throughout school.

How may my child's writing skills develop through grade 3?

Children learn to write by drawing and scribbling first. This happens during the toddler years. Your child may start by copying shapes, such as circles. Your child may enjoy making marks or scribbles and asking you what he or she wrote. This shows that he or she is developing an understanding of how writing works. By the time your child is ready for preschool, he or she will be making letters instead of scribbles. In school, your child will learn to put letters together to form words. Each grade from kindergarten through grade 3 will help your child learn new writing skills:

What can I do to help my child develop strong writing skills?

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