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