Welcome to Week 4!
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! Last week was one of my favorite weeks yet! We have been singing our name songs all week long and really enjoying our name activities. I was also thrilled by some of the fantastic ideas our other play group members shared last week: Name Preschool Activities, Name Kits, and Encouraging Writing Through Postcard Exchange. One of them that was particularly helpful in our home was the activity of creating a chart to sort letters that can be found in your name and are not found in your name. Big Brother is hard on the track of learning his letters this year and he really loved this activity. He even wanted to play it with his brother’s name and mine and my husband’s names as well. Thank you all again for sharing! Ready for more fun!? Let’s get started!
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 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: Poke Writing
1. Strengthen fine motor skills
2. Instruct correct letter formation (printable letter formation guide sheet)
3. Learn the attributes of each letter
4. Have Fun!
- Printouts of Letters
- Carpeted Area/Rug
(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: Create a Beginner Story Board
1. Practice writing a story orally.
2. Connecting ideas, thoughts, images, and words to create a story.
3. Improve visual perception skills (specifically left to right eye movement) in creating the visual story from the left side of the paper to the right side.
4. Have Fun!
- Paper (large, or tape a few sheets together)
- Markers, Scissors, Glue,
- Stickers, magazine pictures, other graphics
- Who are the characters?
- What are they doing?
- Where are they?
- How do they feel?
- Is there a problem?
- How did they/are they going to fix the problem?