Maria Montessori set the standard with the idea that in order to teach children to read, they must first learn how to write. She observed toddlers as young as two years old who were eager to trace sandpaper letters. And much research indicates that many English speaking 3-6 year olds know how to write before mastering the ability to read.
Here are 5 reasons why writing helps reading:
1. Attempting to write is great phonics practice
Writing consists of the two essential early reading skills of 1. segmenting and 2. blending.
2. The first words they read are the first ones they write
Writing gives kids the confidence to read, as it helps them to conduct their thoughts.
3. Writing gives students a head start in perfecting handwriting, spelling, and punctuation
The concept of print is what kids learn when writing. This includes printing text left-to-right, lines starting at the top, putting gaps between words, and realizing the link between words and pictures.
4. Writing is a mental workout
Kids’ brainpower is rapidly growing and writing is a fantastic exercise for them. While writing is challenging for small children, as long as there is not enormous pressure for perfection, it will be a smooth transition from writing to reading.
5. Writing is useful for gauging a child’s reading capacity
Research demonstrates that you can judge a child’s early reading development and monitor their progress by observing their writing (this can also guide teaching). For example: Samples of written work reveal a child’s reading skill. Teachers and parents can then collaborate on a child’s progress with writing and monitor their spelling, handwriting ability, and which letters and sounds they recognize.
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- R. Rodriguez