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:

 

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

 

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

What is emergent writing?

What is Emergent Writing?

How do children learn to write?  It begins with mark making experiences with older infants and continues thru the preschool and early elementary school years.  Discover the definition and stages of emergent writing and best practices to promote the writing process in early childhood.

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

 

 

Reading with Babies

We have heard it time and time again – reading to babies is essential in developing vocabulary and enhancing literacy development.  Guess what?  It is true!

But what does that experience look like?  Here are some suggestions for reading experiences with babies.

First of all, just because a book is published in a board book format does not mean the text is developmentally appropriate.  It is fine for the baby holding, mouthing, and experiencing, but if you are going for the reading experience, I suggest a simple picture per page with a plain background and minimal text (one sentence per page at most).  Books to consider:

Peek-A-Who? by Nina Laden

Baby Faces by DK Publishing

Where’s Spot by Eric Hill

When reading with babies, tap on the page to direct their eyes to the picture before you read the text. You might tap on the page again after reading it.

Always follow baby’s cues. If he/she keep turning to a particular page, keep reading that page then talk about it. “What do you see?” or “Why is the baby happy?”

Really and truly, the best thing you can do to promote literacy development is ensure your baby continually hears language (from an actual person, not an electronic device) and create nurturing, positive experiences with books!