If I were to tell you that your baby holding on to a rattle was his or her way of practicing early literacy, would you believe me? Well, believe it! Writing is one of the five practices discussed in the new edition of Every Child Ready to Read. Reading and writing go hand in hand. Writing helps kids become aware of printed letters and that the letters strung together represent words.
We all know how excited kids are when they learn to write the first letter of their name and then their entire name. Well, without developing those fine motor skills, they can’t hold a pencil or crayon. And when does developing this skill start? Why, when they are a baby, of course! At first when a baby grasps an adults finger, it is pretty instinctual. Eventually he or she will develop the fine motor skills and finger dexterity it takes to hold a pencil. Exposing the baby to various toys from an early age, like a rattle, helps in the development of those fine motor skills.
So give that baby a rattle and know that not only is it entertaining your baby, it is helping him or her learn the skill to write!