- Plan what they need to express,
- Recall the formation of the letters, symbols or words and
- Apply all the spellings they can remember before they start to write on paper.
Writing refers to the ability to put form and structure to one’s thoughts and expressions.You may think that speaking comes naturally to children, however you need to understand that there is a sequential process by which young children acquire language. The relation between language acquisition, comprehension and the ability to make meaning from the spoken words is a difficult activity requiring mental processes to plan and execute a task. It’s magnificent how a child absorbs new vocabulary and it’s meaning, and is able to use it appropriately at the right time. Your child’s first words must have been magical; as that was the first time she said “mama” or “papa”. When she asked for “more” of her favourite food or toy, she was testing through trial and error if she will get more of the same. At the age of 4, when your child learns to speak fluently and has been exposed to various gross motor activities which build stability in the large muscles, we can expect them to be excited to write one’s own name or numbers and letters that they have learnt at school. In order to make writing easy, enjoyable and comfortable the fine muscles in their fingers require strengthening, this can be done by performing activities like tweezing, playing with dough, manipulating their fingers to pick and sort objects, scissor practice, tearing, molding and pasting paper in order to develop the pincer grip. Writing requires children to: