Time Grade R

Message 8

Drawing and writing are important ways for your child to learn to express their thoughts and ideas. Give them many opportunities to do this and let them see how you use writing in your everyday routine. These could include writing of shopping lists, birthday cards, messages to the teacher and even cell phone text messages.


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Children love to draw! Encourage all their drawing and writing attempts because they are learning to communicate what they are thinking about or what they are feeling. Show your interest even if their early attempts at writing look like scribbles on the page and use these opportunities to talk to your child.

Talking to them about what they are drawing and writing will make them feel that what they have to say has value and is appreciated by you. This will grow their confidence to want to continue drawing and writing and will help them to prepare for the skills they need to use in their school and home environments. Remember to build your child’s confidence, and to use gentle, encouraging and positive language when talking about their drawing and writing.