As parents we get a lot of information about reading, but we rarely hear about the important development of writing. Writing, drawing, painting and other fine motor skills are so important to practice for further development. You should be writing or doing some other form of written expression with your child every day. Make sure to check how you child is holding their pencil, crayon, etc. Below I have included a quick overview of the early stages of writing and spelling. The picture is small, so click on it to see the details of each stage. Preschool aged children generally range between a one and a four.