What reading experts say:
Reading and writing go together. Children learn a lot about reading when they understand that spoken words can be written and read by others. Talk about why it is important to communicate a message through written text.
Model purposeful writing. Let your child see you writing a shopping list, a letter, an email, a reminder note. Learning to write letters and words can help your child begin to make the visual discriminations necessary to learn to read.
What good readers know:
Good readers enjoy using spoken as well as written words to communicate. They enjoy writing their name and making lists using their newfound writing skills. They enjoy writing letters using not only pencils and crayons but also creating them with clay, food, chenille sticks and blocks.
What parents can do to help children Grow Up Reading™:
Write about going to school. Use photos from magazines or drawings to picture what the first day of kindergarten will be like. Write captions. Have your child "read" the story to you. Write a to-do list to prepare for the first day of kindergarten: buy school supplies, write name on supplies, choose what to eat for breakfast, practice saying your address and phone number.
Keep your child busy while you're waiting at a restaurant or in a doctor's office. Pull out some coins. Count them, and sort them by color and size. Play "I Spy" with the coins: "I spy a coin worth 10 cents."
Read five books from the "Writing" booklist.
Go to a Library Summer Reading program.
More Great Books to Read(click on a title to check for availability at the Library)
- Use items in nature to write letters/words. Use your fingers to write in the sand. Grab a stick and write in the mud. Take along a piece of chalk and write as you walk (we call this a ‘Chalk Walk’ and it also works well for practicing numbers, math & site words)
- Give your child paint brushes and have them paint with water on the have them paint with water on the pavement, walls, or chalkboard. Use other fine motor skills such as cutting, drawing, scribbling, or using tweezers to sort items. These all help hand eye coordination and increase finger strength for writing mobility.
- When using play-doh, allow your child to use plastic knives, forks, spoons, plastic pizza cutters, or house hold utensils to increase dexterity and fine motor skills.