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TinyEYE.com-Developing Writing Skills in Children

TinyEYE.com-Developing Writing Skills in Children

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Young children require thousands of opportunities to interact with others and their world, listen to stories, draw about stories and experiences, and play out stories and experiences. The language skills they acquire through this early literacy exposure will help them to understand language, express themselves, read, and later write.

TinyEYE.com
Providing Speech-Language Pathologists to school districts and organizations in need
Young children require thousands of opportunities to interact with others and their world, listen to stories, draw about stories and experiences, and play out stories and experiences. The language skills they acquire through this early literacy exposure will help them to understand language, express themselves, read, and later write.

TinyEYE.com
Providing Speech-Language Pathologists to school districts and organizations in need

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TinyEYE.com-Online Speech Therapy Telepractice
TinyEYE Therapy Serviceswww.TinyEYE.com1.877.TinyEYE (846.9393)
Writing Development 
Prerequisites to Writing
Young children require thousands of opportunities to interact with others andtheir world, listen to stories, draw about stories and experiences, and play outstories and experiences. The language skills they acquire through this earlyliteracy exposure will help them to understand language, express themselves,read, and later write.Before children
write 
stories, they use language to
tell 
stories to accompany theirdrawings. Later they discover that they can use print to draw speech, in otherwords, write. In addition, they start to understand how print represents speechsounds and that these symbols have meaning.In addition to requiring language skills to write, children need fine motor skills, orthe ability to manipulate their hands to make precise movements. Like otherareas of development, physical writing skills develop on a continuum, one step ata time.
Stages of Scribbling and Writing:
Random scribbling for pleasure
Scribbling with the understanding that symbols can covey meaning
Creating mock messages, in which mock letters and beginning letter formsappear
Writing alphabet letters
Writing with invented spelling, starting with just the first letter of words, then thefirst and last letters
Consonants typically emerge before vowels
Tips for Supporting WritingDevelopment 
It is essential for children to have access to age-appropriate writing accessoriesand opportunities to have fun with them.
1. Finger Exercise
 
 
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Writing requires coordination and stability. Children can preparetheir hands and fingers for writing by playing with objects that helpto develop these traits.
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Picking up objects, especially small objects such as raisons,cheerios, and beads
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Stringing objects, such as cheerios or beads, to make a chainor necklace
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Putting together puzzles
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Pushing buttons on a phone, computer, or piano
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Experience with using hands and fingers to create
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Play-doh
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Finger painting
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Crafts
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Drawing, colouring, scribbling…
2. Access to Accessories
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Provide a variety of writing materials (markers, pencils, coloredpencils, crayons, stamps) and a variety of shapes, sizes and colorsof paper for writing. Store them in attractive containers that areeasy for the children to use.
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Clipboards with pencils attached to the boards with string or yarnare also great writing props for children to use in all areas of theroom.
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 Do not expect children to write between lines! They need the freeform to develop their fine motor skills. Accept all attempts at writingas real writing.
3. Role Models
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Write with the children in meaningful ways. For example, in thepretend area, make grocery lists or menus together. In the blockarea, make signs that have directions on them, make road maps forthe cars and add houses, community buildings, etc and write thenames on them. Use large sheets of paper for this.
 
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Model writing with the children. When talking together, write downtheir ideas. The children will not be able to “read” what you write,but they will know that the print represents their idea.
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Preview and Review: Make lists of what you expect to see on afield trip or in a book and then revisit that list afterwards to see ifyou saw the same things on the list.
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Write stories together. Then enjoy reading the story again andagain.
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 Offer to write down their feelings if they are angry or sad or happy,or to record a conflict. Not only do they feel “heard”, but they learn avaluable tool for expressing themselves in a constructive way.
 4. Drawing Stories
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Encourage the children to draw pictures. Provide little blank booksfrom scrap paper in the writing area, so that they can draw theirpictures in the book.
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Use drawing to develop language and literacy skills.
 
Step One:
Read a story or discuss a recent experience.
 
Step Two:
Ask the children to draw a picture about stepone.
 
Step Three:
Ask them to “write” (scribble, etc) their story onthe page.Model what you want them to do, even if it meansdrawing your own picture and scribbling some lineson it to tell your story.
 
Step Four:
Ask them to “read” you their story about thepicture.
 
Step Five:
Ask them if they want you to write their words onthe page, too (so you and others can more accurately “read”their story again and again).
5. Writing for a Purpose
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Encourage writing for real purposes by providing centres such as apost office, restaurant, or office.

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