Before children can hold and manipulate a pencil to write, they must practice using the different muscles in their bodies. Large (gross) motor skills come before small (fine) motor skills, but it’s never too early to practice both! As you listen to “Baby in the Cradle” on Susan Salidor’s Come Make a Circle 2, act out the words with your child.
Baby in the Cradle
The baby in the cradle goes rock, rock, rock.
The clock on the wall goes ticka-ticka-tock.
The rain on the window goes tap, tap, tap,
And when the sun comes up we clap, clap, clap!
Emergent writing is young children’s first attempts at the writing process. Children as young as 2 years old begin to imitate the act of writing by creating drawings and symbolic markings that represent their thoughts and ideas. You can encourage preschoolers to develop writing skills by encouraging them to communicate their thoughts and record their ideas.
Ask children open-ended questions that cannot be answered with yes or no. Give children time to process and to give a response. Use abstract language to not only talk about the here and now but the future, past and their imagination. This helps children develop and be ready to read.
Is your child in the mood for a dinosaur book? Did you know that you can checkout and listen to an audiobook all from the comfort of your own home? All you need is your Mount Prospect Library card. Just visit the library’s website at https://mppl.org/e-library/ and click on one our streaming services such as RBDigital. Then you can checkout a fun series such as Harry and the Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow.