Before your preschooler figured out how to run they learned how to walk. Skills take time, practicing, and nurturing to develop. That’s why it’s important to work on prewriting skills before moving into more advanced writing exercises. These prewriting worksheets help build those early pencil grip and coordination skills that will eventually turn into writing later on.
You can start adding prewriting worksheets into your homeschool or learning at home routines as soon as your child takes an interest in writing. At first, focus on pencil grip and building up the patience to complete worksheets or activities with your toddler or preschooler.
As your preschooler’s skills improve, start introducing more advanced prewriting skills worksheets. By tracing lines and simple shapes, your child will build the hand eye coordination and strength they need to write independently.
Prewriting Builds Confidence
The main reason why kids shy away from writing early on is that it feels hard. Holding a pencil correctly, for example, can be awkward at the beginning. When you work with your child to develop prewriting skills they’ll feel confident about their writing abilities because the work is at their skill level.
Building that confidence up early on will help foster your child’s love of learning.
Prewriting Skills Worksheets
Our prewriting skills worksheets are made to give preschoolers a head start in their writing. If you start with pre writing skills before moving onto writing worksheets you’ll end up with a better writing foundation. Especially when working with younger preschoolers.
Writing can be tricky for young kids! Simple prewriting skills worksheets also lead to less frustration for both you and your child early on. They also give you an opportunity to work on proper form, and especially pencil grip, before teaching your preschooler how to write more complicated things like letters and numbers.
- Dinosaur Pre-Writing
- Community Helper Prewriting Practice
- Pencil Control for Early Learners
- Tracing Worksheets – Christmas Themed
There’s more ways to learn early writing skills than just focusing on worksheets. These prewriting activities help young kids develop essential skills that will help them learn to write, even if they’re not a fan of worksheets.
Choosing fun prewriting activities for kids is a great way to get reluctant writers interested in learning. These activities are so much fun your preschooler probably won’t even realize they’re learning!
- Colored Salt Writing Tray for Reluctant Writers
- Writing Dice Game PLUS Tips to Encourage More Writing
- Line Tracing with Loose Parts
- Drawing Tray
- 25+ Writing Activities Even Reluctant Writers Will Love
Prewriting Tracing Worksheets
Tracing worksheets are great for building prewriting skills because they offer clear guidance for what to do. Preschoolers can follow the lines but still see the object they’re trying to create. Seeing the finished shape or line before they write it in helps them understand the purpose of what they’re doing a little better, too.
Our prewriting tracing worksheets are also a great first start before you move onto letter tracing. Preschoolers will have to learn to follow the instructions and draw in a specific direction, which is important for learning proper letter and number formation later.
- Number Strips For Handwriting & Number Recognition
- Counting and Tracing Numbers
- Name Tracing Worksheet
After your preschooler masters pencil grip and creating lines they’ll be ready to start more advanced prewriting work. Shapes are a great stepping stone to proper writing. Which is why we include them in our prewriting worksheets.
First of all, shapes are often recognized by preschoolers even if they haven’t mastered letter and number recognition. That means their worksheets will actually have some meaning to them. Secondly, shapes are more complex than lines and have an end result, just like numbers and letters. The end result is a proud preschooler who can draw something!
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