It takes time and practise for children to learn letter formation and be able to write words and sentences independently. However, there are many informal ways of developing your child’s interesting ways to teach phonics eye coordination and fine motor control in preparation for writing.
These include providing simple and then more complex jigsaws and puzzles, painting and chalking activities, and perhaps exploring beads and bead strings for threading. In order for your child to start learning to write they firstly need to learn how to hold a pencil correctly. Firstly, demonstrate to your child how they should hold their pencil and give them time to practise. Once your child is able to hold a pencil, you can begin by teaching them how to write their name. Start by practising in informal ways such as using a paintbrush to make marks in a tray of paint, sand, glitter or shaving foam.
Give them time to explore and develop their fine motor control and coordination. Model the correct way to hold pens and pencils so your child becomes use to using the tripod grip. You could remind them by explaining they need to use ‘Tommy thumb, Peter pointer and Toby tall’ when holding their pencil. You child needs to show interest and be ready for this stage. Once your child is confident with holding a pencil and has some degree of control and coordination they can begin learning letter formation skills. The initial step is to ensure your child is able to recognise and then write the 42 letter sounds in the Jolly Phonics scheme. Some sounds are written with two letter such as ‘ee’ and ‘or’, referred to as diagraphs.