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Early years: Getting ready to write

One of the most important ways you can help prepare your child for school, in addition to encouraging independence, is to help them to get ready to write. Children should be encouraged to develop the strength and control in their hands and fingers and also hand-eye co-ordination.

There are lots of easy and fun activities you can try at home to help your child get ready to learn to write. These activities are also helpful for children who are beginning to learn to write, to help with co-ordination, strength and control.

1. Painting and drawing

Give your child lots of opportunities to draw and paint. Let them experiment with lots of different materials – paint brushes with a range of widths, pencils, crayons, chalks and finger paint. You could try playing music when they paint and draw as this can help to create a relaxing environment.

2. Threading beads or pasta

Threading beads, macaroni or cotton reels on wool or string can help with eye-hand co-ordination and control.

3. Pouring liquids and spooning flour

Let them pour liquids from one container to another or, alternatively, spoon flour into jars and bottles to develop eye-hand co-ordination and control.

4. Cut and paste

Using scissors is a useful skill and is a great way to develop co-ordination, control and build strength. Many children find scissors tricky to master so they need lots of practice. Make paper chains together or ask them to find particular photos in magazines and catalogues (by colour or other categories) to cut out and then stick them into their own pictures.

5. Join the dots

Joining the dots and drawing paths through simple mazes are not only fun but are a great way to develop eye-hand coordination and pen control.


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Starting to Write

Starting to Write

Suitable for children aged 3–4

This activity book will help your child to progress while having fun so they will quickly learn to develop pencil control and the correct letter formation.

Progress with Oxford Age 3–4 activity books have been created to develop early numeracy and literacy skills, as taught in pre-school. Each activity book includes a unique character, stickers and a progress chart to capture how much children have learned.

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Starting to Write Letters

Starting to Write Letters

Suitable for children aged 4–5

This activity book will help your child to progress with writing while having fun so they will quickly learn the correct formation of letters, covering letter families that have similar formations.

Progress with Oxford Age 4–5 activity books have been created to develop core maths and literacy skills, as taught in school. Each activity book includes a unique character, stickers and a progress chart to capture how much children have learned.

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At Home With Letter Forms

At Home With Letter Forms

Suitable for children aged 3–5

At Home With Letter Forms is full of learning activities for young children to do at home. The book uses a variety of fun tasks such as tracing, colouring, and join-the-dot activities to develop hand-eye coordination, promote recognition of vowels, and encourage children to form different letter shapes. The fun illustrations encourage using a pencil in a controlled way. Useful tips support adults so that they can encourage learning gently – plus there are more than enough funky stickers to reward your child as they complete each activity! This book is ideal to build confidence in writing for a child’s first years at school.

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At Home With Writing

At Home With Writing

Suitable for children aged 3–5

This write-in workbook, with colourful stickers, is part of the At Home With range of specially-created workbooks to help children aged 3-5 years to develop first literacy and numeracy skills. Written by experts, with tips for parents, the simple activities build your child’s confidence in writing, while having fun!

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At Home With ABC

At Home With ABC

Suitable for children aged 3–5

At Home With ABC is full of learning activities for young children to do at home. Children, from 3 years old, can practice saying and writing the alphabet, from a to z. Each page gives a letter and asks the child to trace it and write it independently. The activities encourage children to learn alphabetical order, to recognize lower case letters, and to know the names of each letter and its sound. Tips for parents and stickers for children are included to ensure to keep the activities fun, engaging and rewarding for both kids and adults.

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At Home With Handwriting 1

At Home With Handwriting 1

Suitable for children aged 5–7

At Home With Handwriting 1 is a fun activity workbook for children to do at home. Using a variety of tasks such as filling in missing letters and copying, children will establish a comfortable and efficient pencil grip, write correctly formed letters, and leave appropriate gaps between words. Numbers, capital letters, and vowels are all included in the activities too. The illustrated step-by-step activities are simple enough for children to work through on their own, or equally perfect to do together with an adult giving encouragement. This book is ideal to build confidence in writing at primary school and can be followed with At Home With Handwriting 2.

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