By drawing upon the mantras we are
giving the children the skills to be
able to form the letter correctly
independently, but first we must
The role of the adult is key, sitting or
kneeling in front of the children with
your back to them avoids the letter
being formed as a mirror image.
There needs to be emphasis on the
large movements needed to form
each letter, using each mantra to
guide your child’s movements in the
right direction. This should be
repeated, emphasising the
movements slowly for your child to
Writing sessions should be:
- Gross motor based
- Using the letter formation
- Regular and short in length
- In a space that allows your child
the adequate space to move
- Be fun and interesting for your
child. Use fairy or magic wands,
ribbons, pompoms or anything that
captures your child’s imagination
and encourages them to make
marks in the air!
As your child becomes more
confident they can then have a go
themselves, ideally with you standing
or kneeling behind them to guide the
correct direction and movement.
Here are some top tips for
supporting this learning at home:
- Provide your child with lots of
different resources for mark
making. Note pads, post-it notes, old
diaries or address books, chalk
boards and clip boards are all
inexpensive ways to encourage lots
of different types of ‘writing’.
- Be a good role model. Talking to
your child about the writing you are
doing and the reasons why
demonstrates the many reasons and
ways there are to write. You could
even invite your child to do the
same, such as when writing a
shopping list, suggest they write
their own at the same time too.
- Ask your child to tell you about
what they have written. Even if the
marks have no meaning to you, they
may well mean something to your
child. Encourage them to talk to you
about what they think it says.
Sometimes, having a guess and
making a suggestion is enough to
give your child the confidence to
give meaning to their marks.
- Try to avoid writing things for your
child to copy. Whilst children will
often copy writing they see around
them, if they are used to an adult
drawing or writing for them to copy
it can lead to a lack of confidence in
their own abilities.
- Praise even the smallest
achievements. For some children,
writing can seem a scary process.
Even if they have just formed one or
two marks, this is fantastic!
Further information about Sky
Writing can be found in our
Becoming a Writer booklet. Please
ask your Nursery Manager or Head
of Early Years Practice for further