Play to Write-Write to Read: Week 10

Welcome to Week 10 (our final week)!

If you are joining us for the first time, I encourage you to first read Play to Write-Write to Read: Week 1. Then, be sure to come back and join us for this week’s play group activities!

Welcome back! What a great couple weeks it has been! We have learned so much and had so much fun with our little ones! I want to take a moment to thank each of you for joining us (and even those who are yet to join us)! You now have ten weeks of activities and techniques to revisit again and again with your child. We are stopping at Week 10, because I feel we have reached the point where we have built a great foundation of beginning writing activities and I don’t want to ‘water it down’ by continuing on too long. Be sure to follow Cheerios and Lattes, as I will occasionally throw in more great follow-up writing activities! 

Just a reminder those of you who are joining our Play Group each week, you are asked to please do 2 things:

1. Comment on how these activities worked or didn’t work with your child. Feel free to reply to one another to encourage and offer your advice as well! This will also be great to hold us all accountable to one another to actually follow through… don’t we all need a little of that!? :)

2. Share: Bloggers-you can link up a writing activity you’ve done with your child in the past to share with everyone. You are totally welcome to reteach the same strategies on your blogs and then link up those posts the following week (please do be sure to link back). Non-Bloggers & Bloggers we encourage you to teach/share these activities with another mom friend. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if more and more parents began to learn Best Practices for writing to ‘play’ with their kids; these types of activities are not just for teachers! Let’s empower each other by sharing!

The FUNdamentals

 (The FUNdamentals section focuses on guiding your toddler/preschooler through the basics of developing the fine motor and gross motor skills needed for the physical act of writing, but doing so with ‘fun’ activity.) 

Activity: Writing Numbers {through poem & formation guides}

Objectives: 

1. Learn correct number writing formation

2. Chant a number rhyme for each number

3. Improve number recognition 1-10

4. Improve writing skills

5.  Have Fun!

Materials: 

  • Number Writing Printables
  • plastic page covers/protectors
  • dry erase marker
  • eraser (my favorite are old socks; they work great as an eraser and a marker holder!)

Directions:

1. Print out the Number Writing Printables  from Pam at Every Day Snapshots. You can print them out on regular letter-size paper and or ‘four-to-a-page’ and put them on a key ring for convenient practice.

2. Laminate smaller cards or slide larger pages into page protectors.

3. Begin practicing! Introduce the numbers at a pace best for your child (ex. one per week, one per day, one per month, etc.)

4. Encourage your child to recognize these numbers in ‘the world around them’ (ex. at the store, on the phone, on signs, house numbers, etc.)

5. Chant the number poems frequently (ex. in the car, while washing hands, during cleaning up their toys, etc.)

Writing Practice

(The Writing Practice section focuses on a new ‘Best Practice’ Writing Strategy each week. A ‘Best Practice’ writing strategy is a technique or methodology that, through experience and research, has proven to reliably lead to creating strong writers.) 

Activity: Story Bags

Objectives:

1. Verbally tell a short story using selected items from the ‘story bag’

2. Practice basic organization of a story (beginning, middle, end)

3. Have Fun!

Directions: 

1. Explain to your child, that writing starts in our heads. Today you are going to ‘write’ a story in your head then use your mouth to tell the story not your pencil (as many authors do).

2. Have them select one object from the Story Bag.

3. Give them story starters to get them going; they may not need these especially after a few times of practice.

  1. One day I found a magic _______.
  2. There once was a girl/boy who discovered a ______.
4. Encourage creativity, let them be silly, don’t stress about order.
5. Once your child ‘gets it’ and begins to tell stories, encourage them to include more structure (beginning, middle, end).  To encourage this, ask them questions such as: ‘Oh wow! What happened next?” “What a great story, what happened at the end?” “That’s a great story, how did they find that____ in the beginning?”
Story structure will come with time, but DO encourage it! So often it gets overlooked! You can use books at home to model this structure while you are reading with them, label the parts of the story while you are reading, “This is the beginning, what do you think will happen next in the middle of the story?” “I’m nervous… how do you think this story will end?”
6. ‘Write’ stories with your child/children at home, in the car, while you are waiting for the doctor, etc. Remind them that they are ‘writing’ a story with their mouths! Writing their story down is always an option for later, but encourage them to tap into their creativity and even be funny! Build stories and memories with your child that you can laugh about and strengthen your relationship together. Show your child you enjoy being with them!

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PG
Mackenzie is a follower of Jesus, wife, mama of two toddler boys, teacher at heart, and coffee lover. She was a lower school elementary teacher for over 6 years, with a master's degree in Reading, and is a certificated Reading Specialist. She currently works part-time at a private school allowing her more time at home with her little guys.

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  1. McKenzie-LOVE this series! I am pinning ALL of them for reference for my 3 year old! Oh, and how was I not a follower before today?!?!? =)
    -Shara @ Palmettos and Pigtails

  2. Sad to see the end of this series . . . but I could talk early literacy all day! :) Thanks for running this for all of us. I love the beginning number writing sheets and the story bags. I need to make some of those cute number rhymes! :)

  3. I love how large these numbers are – every other worksheet I see for number/letter practice has the figures too small for my 3-year-olds to trace successfully. I’m sorry to only stumble on this site at the end of the series because I have some great early literacy ideas too.

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