Toys that children to pick up, pull, or grip will help them develop their fine motor skills. This will help when they are learning to write!
Notes from Story Time Category: Writing
Don’t Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup uses a lot of hand motions! Active motions like these while reading any lively picture book gives an opportunity to manipulate finger and hand muscles, which helps later on when writing with those same muscles.
In this story, Little Plane is learning how to write. During the story, there are a few activities you can do that will also help your child learn to write. Learning about writing is an important part of learning how to read.
Reading and writing go together. Writing helps children understand that print has meaning. The beginning of writing for very young children is learning how to use their hands and fingers so that later they will be able to hold crayons and pencils.
When your baby is old enough, encourage him or her to pick up cheerios. This gives them practice with fine motor skills, and eye-hand coordination. These skills will come in handy when children begin to learn to hold a pencil!
Writing helps build early literacy skills. Writing starts as scribbles by children. This then develops into letters, words, and sentences. When children are learning to write, the first letter they usually remember is the first letter in their name. Practicing this letter as well as their name and other words that start with this letter will help them learn new words and how to write them.
This book talks about how to draw a dragon. Have your child try to draw a dragon as he/she listens to each step. Children learn to draw before they learn to write words, so practicing drawing is a great way to prepare for learning how to write.
Children need to develop fine motor skills in their fingers in order to control a pencil or crayon to draw or write. Teach your child a few words in American Sign Language using the book So Many Feelings. This is a way for children to communicate with their hands. Not only will this help children practice fine motor control, but it gives them another way to express themselves.
Reading and writing go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning. One simple way you can show this to children is to occasionally point to the words as you read to them. Take opportunities to write down what children say as they tell it to you. Then you can read it back to them. This activity helps children can learn the connection between the written and the spoken word. It is also very motivating for them to tell their own stories.
Remember, playing, talking, singing, reading, and writing are five simple practices to help your child on the path to reading. After reading aloud Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert, talk about the colors of the rainbow. Then ask your child to draw a rainbow. Learning how to hold a crayon correctly is one of the first steps in learning how to write. Afterwards, encourage your child to plant a make-believe garden full of the flowers found in the book.