Notes from Story Time Category: Writing

B is for Baby

B is for Baby by AtinukeWhen learning to read, children need to see the connection between the spoken word and the written word. B is for Baby by Atinuke highlights many different words that start with the letter B. Seeing and hearing the repeated letter will help children to recognize it on their own later on.

Scribble Away

child writing on easelWriting, 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.

Action Rhymes for Motor Skills

Susan Salidor's Come Make a Circle 2 CDBefore 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

crayon drawing of tree, flowers, and the sunEmergent 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.

 

Coloring

colorful crayonsColoring is a great way to practice hand-eye coordination needed for reading and writing.  Talk to your child about their drawing and label some of the items in the picture.  Point out the words to your child.  This shows that printed letters stand for spoken words.