Which comes first… Reading or Writing? {Invitation Enclosed}


Good readers may be good writers, but good writers are always good readers! -unknown

I remember reading this quote for the first time while in school for my Reading Specialist Masters degree a few years ago and  agreeing completely.  My husband who is also a teacher, has frequently used this quote in talking with his high school students and their parents over the past few years as well, in discussing the importance of developing strong writing skills. Many other teachers will also agree that there are a lot of great readers who are unfortunately horrible writers!

So which comes first? I believe that while Reading and Writing go hand-in-hand, we (parents and educators) need to place more importance on teaching our children how to write. In return, our child’s writing will actually influence and strengthen their reading skills. After all, it will be their writing that will be responsible for carrying them through their job applications, college applications, and even college level courses in the future!

How does this translate into our playing with, teaching, and nurturing our little ones? Does it mean you give them a pencil and force them to start writing their letters as a toddler? My response would be an absolute NO!

Play is that through which your child will begin to love learning! 

Therefore, I emphatically invite you to join The Cheerios and Lattes family this academic year in our:

Play to Write-Write to Read 

Wednesday Play Group!

  • Each Wednesday, this Fall,  I will introduce you and your child(ren) to a NEW, fun way to intentionally play that week that will encourage writing; with ideas for your baby through preschooler.
  • Because there are so many great teacher-mom’s who also blog, I will also include a small link-up for those who also work with their children on other writing activities so they can share their great ideas with us as well. Favorites may be featured later as one the the weekly play activities!

Will you and your little ones join our play group? 

Leave a comment to let everyone know you’re joining & bloggers can grab a button below!

I am confident that we will all have a BLAST as we Play to Write-Write to Read together this Fall!

Play to Write Series (Links):
Week 1: Line Mazes & Partner Journaling

Week 2: Tracing Lines & Making Your Own Sensory Gel Writing Pad

Week 3: Write/Spell Your Name Activities

Week 4: Poke Writing & Beginner Story Boards

Week 5: Vertical Writing & Post Office Play

Week 6: Writing with Words & Make Your Own ABC Books

Week 7: Writing Grasp Activities & ‘Wordle’ Writing Gift Activity

Week 8: Scissor Skill Readiness

Week 9: Building Letters & DIY Chalkboard Paper

Week 10: Beginner Number Writing & Story Bags


  1. Oh, this is so exciting! I have just grabbed your button and am going to put it on my page right now. Will you email reminders? Thank you!!

    • Stephanie- So glad you’re joining us! I will post on FB, Google +, and Twitter, so if you following Cheerios and Lattes on those you should be fine! If others express interest in email also, then I could work on that as well!
      Mackenzie :)

  2. This is a great sharing idea, thanks for starting it. I enjoyed the quote as well!

  3. Great idea! We homeschool, but definitely could use some encouragement for a reluctant writer!

  4. I love this idea and love how you’re leading for literacy and play. Anything I can do to support, let me know!!

    • Melissa- Thanks for stopping by! We’d love for you to join us by sharing any of your writing activities during the weekly Writing Specific Link up and of course spread the word to your readers! Thanks so much; totally appreciate your support! :)

  5. can’t wait:)

  6. I joined you on facebook so that I can know when the series starts. Thanks so much for sharing this info. LL

  7. Melanie Brownsberger says:

    Great Idea! we will b goining you each week!

  8. This is a great idea!!! I cannot wait to follow along!

  9. What a wonderful idea! I’ll be joining in with my little guy! :)

  10. Looks like fun! We will be checking it out! Great idea!

  11. What a great idea, we will definitely be following along :)

    Simply Sprout

  12. Preach it! I was nodding my head as I read this post! I teach preschool, with a background in K and reading, and I would love to join in. Just need to figure out how to grab your button (I’m a blogging newbie). Thanks for sharing this!!

    • After fiddling with it a bit, I was finally able to add your button! :) I think the HTML you have above isn’t complete. Here’s what I used that worked . . .

      Hope that helps.

  13. I would love to join up on Wednesday!

  14. YES!! Great post, I completely agree! I will be joining you this fall with my 3 year old! I will post on my blog too.



  15. I tried to put your button on my blog and it did not work. I have my own buttons and others so I do not think it is user error (but could very well be!).
    Just an FYI

  16. This is such a great idea! We are huge readers in our house. “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” is one of my favorites! We’ll be following along.

  17. Carolina says:

    I’ll be following for sure!!! Great idea!!!

  18. Michelle says:

    hey Mackenzie, I LOVE your blog! I haven’t stopped by for awhile and am loving all of the ideas you have on here! I would love to join you for this series. Josiah is almost 4 1/2 and I feel like I have been slacking at helping him to start writing (and am excited to make it FUN!) and this will really help me with this! Thanks for offering it! I also just saw your swimming series and am looking forward to reading those posts too. :) (PS-I saw someone else had asked about an email reminder…I do better with those too, but if it’s too much work I can just write reminders on my calendar!)

  19. Great idea. Writing is so important and is often overlooked. It is key in learning to read and more importantly in comprehension. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  20. Sounds like fun! :)

  21. This sounds great. I’d love to be involved. Thanks for the invite.

  22. We will be joining too! Even though I taught K for 3 years and then 1st for 2, I can always use new ideas and fun activities for the littlest learner. I have got to get into my storage building and dig out all my old teaching materials. :) I will have a 3 1/2 yr old and 7 month old this fall! So looking forward to it! Just printed out your K checklist!

  23. Great idea! We’ll be joining you!

  24. I am loving this series! I’m joining you and working on my first blog post about it now.

  25. I just found this and I totally want to join you. I am always looking for new activities to offer my little ones great fun-learning opportunities.

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