As early as his first birthday, be sure to have crayons and paper or colouring books on hand for when he starts showing an interest in scribbling.Let him practise scribbling as often as he likes, but don’t push him if he gets frustrated.
When helping your child learn to write, as with any of your child’s new skills, your main job is to provide encouragement and support — and, in this case, supplies.
Teach your child to limit his artistic endeavours to the piece of paper in front of him, although no matter how many times you tell him not to, he’s bound to find the wallpaper (or the floor or your brand-new paperback) irresistible. Invest in washable crayons, and be prepared to clean up after him a few times. Try not to let him eat his supplies, although getting a little wax crayon in his system at some point is practically inevitable and won’t do any lasting harm.
Reading with your child: Let him go at his own pace
When it comes to writing actual letters, the most important thing you can do is let your child learn at his own pace. It’s all too easy to overdo teaching letters and numbers at this age. What’s important is to be led by your child’s own desire to learn. Preschoolers who are forced to read and write before they’re ready can do it and will often seem to have an edge over their preschool classmates. But studies have found that they lose that advantage as they get older.
Get ready for reading: Talk and read to your child
Finally, be sure to talk to and read to your child as much as possible. The more language he hears, the more his brain will grow and develop, which will benefit all of his communication skills — including writing — in the long run.