Early childhood educators read a lot of articles about the fact that children are losing the ability to write because of all the cool tech tools that are available now. Children in the early elementary years have lost skills in writing, spelling, and grammar because of increased use of technology. Texting is one of the influences on poor spelling and grammar. Teachers in upper-elementary classrooms have sometimes turned this around by having their students text answers to classroom discussion questions with the stipulation that they use correct spelling and grammar in their texts.
The positive influence that technology has on writing skills is that the variety of software and websites that offer help with writing skills with games and appealing activities come with all kinds of visual aids and choices for children to practice creative writing, spelling, and grammar. Children have different learning styles, and the technology that is available addresses all learning styles.
Primrose Early Childhood Education Center in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota uses educational software for writing skills in its prekindergarten and kindergarten classes. Kids 'R Kids Childcare Center in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota also uses educational software in the writing stations in the prekindergarten classrooms. Both early childhood education centers integrate writing with reading instruction to build early writing skills.
There is an abundance of websites for parents to access at home to help with early writing skills. The chosen websites in the List are colorful, creative, and offer appealing activities to children to build writing skills. These websites can be a great beginning to partner with technology in building and maintaining writing skills.