Reading and writing go together. Right now, your child may only write scribbles, but that’s okay. When learning to write, children need fine motor skills to hold a pencil and eye-hand coordination. Practicing writing (even if it is only scribbles) strengthens these skills. After reading Stone Soup, encourage your child to “write” their own recipe for soup. Then pretend to make the soup using the recipe. This way children see that writing is important and has meaning.
Notes from Story Time Category: Writing
By spending time talking about a name, we are calling attention to the connection between spoken word and print. In this story, Thunder Boy Jr. doesn’t like his name and wants a new one. It is the tradition in some communities that when you get older, you get a new name to show something you’ve done or what people hope you will do. Talk to your child about what he/she would like their new name to be. Write this name on a piece of paper and ask your child to draw you a picture.
When your child is little, a great way to practice writing skills is to encourage them to scribble and draw. In Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin, the monsters like to scribble with different colored crayons. This could be a fun activity for you to do at home.
–Tip by Mary Smith, Head of Youth Services