Welcome to Week 5!
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! Did your little ones enjoy their Poke Writing? How about those story boards? Well, I have some exciting news that occurred in our home this week through a spread of runny noses… a perfect easy writing grasp! Funny huh!? Try it though, it works like a charm! (Plus you will always have a tissue ready for a runny nose!) :)
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: Vertical Writing
What is Vertical Writing? … All you have to do is simply put as many of your child’s activities on a vertical surface as you can. Vertical surfaces can make an average activity into a great activity for developing hand skills… (continue reading more)
Objectives & Benefits:
1. Motivates your child to sit or stand more upright
2. Encourages head control because the child will have to look up to see the activity
3. Child’s working surface is always the right height
4. Strengthens shoulder and arm muscles
5. Child’s hand is in the best position to develop wrist strength and stability
6. Requires a child to use an extended wrist; the position used during handwriting
7. Positions hand and fingers to handle small or medium objects (pencils or paint brushes).
8. Allows the hand to have a balanced use of the intrinsic muscles (used for fine-motor skills).
9. Help with eye-hand coordination
10. Help children from becoming distracted by other things in the room (exception is windows and mirrors)
11. Allow the child to see what they are doing as a child’s hand is underneath the object they are holding
12. On vertical surfaces up is up and down is down, helping a child with the relationships of lines on paper
13. Opportunity to work on your child’s coordinated use of both hands (bilateral coordination)
(Looking at this long list of benefits helps you to clearly see why and how Vertical Writing activities are extremely beneficial in helping toddlers and preschoolers develop the the fine motor and gross motor skills for proper writing development.)
This Week’s Vertical Writing Activity Choices:
(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: Post Office Pretend Play/Letter Writing
1. Understand the concept of transferring thoughts/ideas to print.
2. Connecting ideas, thoughts, images, and words to create a story.
3. Improve visual perception skills (specifically left to right eye movement) as the writing is written in front of them from the left side of the paper to the right side.
4. Play ‘Mailman’ to deliver mail to the ‘Family Mailbox’
5. Write letters
6. Have Fun!
- markers, crayons
- envelopes, stickers, contact paper (optional materials)