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“Helping Your Child Learn”

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Parent tips from the Utah Education Association

Reading and Writing – Connect Reading And Writing

Want to help your child connect reading and writing? Here are some suggestions:

  • Encourage your child to draw pictures about books or experiences. Drawing is a preparation for writing because it develops both the muscles needed for writing and children's ability to represent their ideas.
  • Show your child how to write his or her name.
  • Help your child compose a note to a relative or friend. Have your child dictate as you write. Read the note back to the child, pointing to the words as you read them. Some children might be able to find familiar words in the note.