How do I find a preschool that teaches my child to write?

How do I find a preschool that teaches my child to write?

As parents, we always want to ensure our children are adequately prepared for school if not ahead.  One of the criteria we look for involves teaching children how to write their names and the alphabet.  Although this is important and is a skill that is eventually needed in elementary school, learning to create a story and a message and then convey it to paper is just as important and is learned best through play.  With this video, discover standards to look for in preschools as well as questions to ask the school administration and staff about their approach to the writing process.

Other information pertaining to looking for developmentally appropriate preschools:

 

So Much More

I wrote this a couple years ago in response to teachers working with children birth to five expressing to me their desire to be so seen as so much more than just a “day care worker”.  I know the pain when someone tells you that you are not a real teacher.  This is for all of the hard, dedicated professionals who work with young children.  You are “So Much More”!

So Much More

Please don’t tell that I am just

a babysitter or

just a day care worker or

not a real teacher, because

I am so much more.

What I do is important.

It is integral and

it is vital.

I am passionate.

I am loving.

I am nurturing.

I am caring and

I am purposeful.

Ask me,

I can explain the purpose of

my schedule,

my room arrangement,

my lesson plans, and

the purpose of my activities.

I can identify the

objectives,

outcomes, and

long term benefits

of everything I do – because I am that good!

When you ask me why your child has not achieved an unrealistic goal yet,

I debunk the earlier is better myth because

I am knowledgeable about

child development,

developmentally appropriate practices,

early learning, and

meaningful experiences.

I understand

foundational skills,

life success, and

I understand PLAY!

I understand PLAY so much that I embrace

messiness,

creativity,

out of the box thinking and

risk taking.

Yes – I embrace everything PLAY promotes!

I allow child-directed learning as it enhances

self-control,

self-regulation, and

executive functioning.

You are probably wondering what I am doing while the children are playing.

Let me tell you,

I intentionally

facilitate learning,

connect with the children, and

extend experiences.

Every day,

I build

relationships,

confidence, and

self-esteem.

I elicit

brain connections,

language skills,

problem solving,

interactions, and

strong bodies, because

We must develop the whole child!

I am qualified.

I am educated.

I am experienced.

I am skilled.

I am career oriented.

So,

You may call me teacher.

You may call me early childhood educator.

You may call me early learning specialist.

You may call me child development guru – because I am that good.

But please don’t call me

Just a babysitter,

Just a day care worker, or

Not a real teacher.

Because I am so much more!

And those labels do not encompass

THE PROFESSIONAL THAT I AM.

Stacy Benge, M.S.

September, 2015

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How does play teach my child to write?

How does play teach my child to write?

Play is the best way to prepare young children for kindergarten.  It is amazing the educational skills learned when playing including the ability to write and create stories.  Explore how dramatic play, block play, and outside play all provide opportunities for young children to develop creative storytelling skills needed to be successful writers in the elementary, middle, and high school years.

When will my child be able to write?

 

When will my child be able to write?

As parents and teachers, we are all concerned about teaching our children to write; however, before children can write, they must have several foundational skills in place including understanding print carries meaning and conveys a message.  Learn ways to promote the writing process with young children and ways we can ensure they are properly developing skills to be successful in school.

 

Wonderful resources:

So Much More than the ABCs: The Early Phases of Reading and Writing by Judith Schickedanz & Molly F. Collins

Learning about Language and Literacy in Preschool (A NAEYC publication)

Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing

 

When do children start to write letters?

When do children start to write letters?

A common questions among parents is what age do children start to write letters?  Part of the early writing process is children understanding that letters are used to form words and convey a message on paper.  If given plenty of opportunities for open-ended drawing, children will start to draw letters on their paper and eventually letter strings.  Watch to learn more about the writing process and see examples of what young children’s drawings might look like as they develop as emergent writers.

What are the early writing stages of preschool age children?

What are the early stages of writing for preschool age children? 

An essential and early part of the writing process involves children having ample opportunities to draw.  Around the age of three, you will notice that children’s scribbling will start to look like something and say something.  See samples of the different developmental stages you can expect children to progress through as they are learning to write.  Also learn best practices to help promote the emergent writing process.     

What are the mark making and scribbling stages?

What are the different stages of mark making and scribbling?

How do children learn to write?  It begins with mark making experiences and scribbling for older infants and toddlers.  See examples of the early phases of mark making and scribbling.  Learn characteristics of children new to the writing process.

Resources: So Much More Than the ABCs, The Intentional Teacher