Notes from Story Time Category: Writing

Don’t Wake Up the Tiger

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.

Little Plane Learns to Write

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!

My Name Is . . . .

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.

Penguins Love Colors

As you read a book to your child, point to the words in the title and any words written in a different color or font.  This will help your child understand that writing has meaning.