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Drawing is the start of handwriting for toddlers. Toddlers generally begin to show an interest in drawing with a crayon or chalk from about two years. Your preschooler might even be putting these lines and shapes together to draw people and objects. She might also be starting to form letters. Lots of opportunities to draw will help your child keep developing the skills he needs for handwriting. Children develop their handwriting ability at different rates, but most children have mastered these basic skills within the first two years of school.


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From Year 2 on, children start to write more complex sentences and write about their experiences. Learning to write involves a combination of skills and abilities and an understanding of language. If your child is having difficulty with one or more of these skills, he might have some trouble with learning handwriting.

Knowing Your Child Through His Handwriting and Drawings

Here are some early signs that your child is having difficulty developing the skills she needs for handwriting at school. Your child:. Or he might have additional learning needs that affect his handwriting development. Your GP might recommend you make an appointment with an occupational therapist , audiologist or optometrist. Children with handwriting difficulties might need extra help and aids. These might include:.

Drawings can have different labels, words remain same

Young children quickly learn that success at school is measured by how well you can read and write, not by how good your drawings are. Their drawings are now just decorations that they get to do if they finish their writing. Drawing is not the evolutionary inferior to writing - writing and drawing are two distinct communication systems, and each deserves their place in the communicative repertoire of our children. Drawing and writing support each other. The poet e. And his experience is backed up by the research.

It is likely this is because the act of drawing concentrates the mind on the topic at hand, and provides an avenue for rehearsal before writing - rather like a first draft where they can sort things out before having to commit words to a page. As a first draft, drawings are much easier to erase, to add to, and to rearrange. They provide a common reference point for the teacher and the child to discuss the story before it is written, and this is an important additional oral rehearsal that strengthens the quality of the writing.

Ideas are clarified and vocabulary strengthened. The message to teachers is a simple one - instead of telling children they can draw a picture if they finish their writing, have them draw before writing. Everybody should have the opportunity to use drawing as a means of expression and communication - just as everyone should learn to write.

And for those children with a drawing talent, closing down drawing in the classroom can feel to them like just another brick in the wall.

Knowing Your Child Through His Handwriting and Drawings by Shirl Solomon

Drawing is a teachable skill, just as writing is. Most of us have a romantic notion of drawing - we see someone who produces life-like images and sigh, knowing we could never do that.

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Indeed there does come an age, usually around 8 or 9 years, when we begin to see our drawings as others do, and most of us are usually disappointed with what we see - and give up on drawing. But actually, with tuition and encouragement, all of us can learn to draw pretty well, and more importantly, feel the pleasure that comes with this kind of expression.

To promote a classroom where drawing is valued, get rid of colouring in stencils. We understand things more deeply when we see them from multiple perspectives.


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Drawing what you have understood from a reading passage, drawing the science experiment you have just done or drawing the detail of an autumn leaf are all examples of engaging with the same learning from a different angle. For most children, this helps consolidate the learning but for some children it can be the key they have been waiting for to open the door to the learning.

The confidence and self belief this gives them can change their attitude and engagement with other aspects of schooling. If our only measure of success at school is performance in standardised literacy and numeracy tests, schools will be tempted to narrow their curriculum and to sideline the Arts.