By Sharon Taylor Grades PreK—K Kindergarten students enter the school year with varying levels of ability, especially when it comes to writing. The key is to begin with where they are. We all know that kindergartners are full of thoughts and ideas. After students are comfortable with the writing process, I begin to introduce them to the mechanics of writing simple sentences.
What It Looks Like What may look like scribbling to you is actually meaningful writing to a preschooler. Preschoolers often write long notes to friends that consist of little more than long strings of wavy lines, but when asked to dictate what the letter says, they will often come up with a long explanation for the "letter" they have created.
Most young preschoolers will not be able to form letters that are not in their names, but will understand how writing works. As children approach the age of five or six, letters become more meaningful and preschool children will begin to use them in place of wavy lines or scribbling when writing.
When planning to teach preschool writing, it is important to keep in mind these developmental milestones.
Keep your expectations high but not unattainable when presenting writing lessons. Focus on the process of writing such as becoming comfortable with a writing instrument, writing from left to right, and conveying a message. The work produced is not as important as the steps involved and processes the children follow when learning to write.
Cross-Curricular Writing Opportunities Providing opportunities for writing in all learning centers is often the best approach when teaching children to write. Every center in the classroom holds several opportunities for children to practice writing.
Try some of these: Create a restaurant in your dramatic play area. Allow children to create menus with markers or fancy pens on construction paper.
Buy inexpensive order forms from an office supply store for children to use to take orders. Sprinkle flour or sand on cafeteria style trays.
Allow children to use their fingers to draw letters in the flour. Cut out alphabet letters from sandpaper and allow children explore them freely, feeling the texture.
Use the sandpaper letters to make crayon rubbings on white paper. While children are creating artwork, ask open ended questions about their work.
Ask the child's permission to write down what they are saying about the art, and write it on a separate sheet of paper. When children are finished creating, display the artwork with the dictated message underneath.
Call children's attention to it by saying "Remember when you drew this and told me all about it?Sensory Play and Pre-Writing for #PlayfulPreschool Hands-On Playful Preschool Fall Learning I am so excited to be a part of a great team of educators and moms joining together to bring all of you amazing playful preschool activities each week.
Modeled writing is the first step in teaching writing to children. This is when the teacher is in front of the class doing all of the writing. If your students struggle greatly with getting their ideas going, come back to this basic step and model your writing process for them.
Five Pre-Writing Activities for Preschoolers Guest Post by Caroline of Under God’s Mighty Hand Most children go through stages of development in pre-writing skills, and we can utilize a variety of tactics to help progress their skills.
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Everything you need to. Through my writing activities, they were able to become comfortable with the pre-writing or brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing procedures for writing a story.
One way to stop children from scribbling on everything and anything is to channel all that newly discovered skills into some super duper easy writing activities for preschoolers .