Writing, including scribbling, helps children become aware of the text on a page, and be able to write letters, words, and sentences in the future. You can have your children draw pictures and “write” lists. Encourage your child to “read” you what he has written. This helps to reinforce that writing and print have meaning.
Notes from Story Time
Notes from Story Time Blog
Being able to guess or predict what comes next in a story helps children when they are learning to read. As you read aloud Dancing Feet by Lindsay Craig, ask your child to guess which animal is dancing.
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.