Does writing still matter? For little ones, absolutely. Pre-writing and writing activities are important skills to master before formalized education begins — and writing is one of the five practices (reading, writing, singing, playing, and talking) recognized by Every Child Ready to Read as a precursor to school success. By writing, I mean all forms — from nonsensical scribble to shaky, oversize capital letters to strings of letters that may (or not) spell words. It can also include caregivers’ writing and providing a model. A tot might tell you a story that you transcribe. One caveat: Stay away from trace-a-letter sheets. Instead, try incorporating some of these ideas into storytime and floor activities for caregivers and young kids.