In the past I’ve written about creating an environment in your home that helps children develop a love for reading. Reading and writing go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. There are some simple strategies for encouraging little ones to engage in early writing.
The easiest way to promote writing in your home is to be a role model. Before long, they will start to mimic your writing with scribbles that represent messages of their own. Fill out thank you cards, write your grocery list, leave love notes around the house and write special dates on the calendar. Remember to write in front of your children so that they are inspired to do the same!
Here are five simple writing projects to set up in your home:
1. Letter Writing Kit. Gather envelopes, markers, pencils, stationary and stickers to be used as stamps. Put them in a tupperware bin to be used as a letter writing kit.
2. A Car Clipboard. Purchase a clipboard for $1 at the Dollar Store. Add paper and a pencil and be sure to explain the ground rules. We write on paper and not on mommy’s car!
3. Dry Erase and Chalkboard. There is something magical about a dry erase board. Chalk is available in in different colors these days which make chalkboards appealing as well.
4. Sticker Stories. Encourage your children to think of a story using stickers. Record their words below the sticker picture they created and read it with them. They will be so proud of their creative thinking!
5. Mini Books. Fold a few pieces of paper over, staple and you have a book. Depending on your children’s ages and skill level, you can write the words or they can. Keep a basket in your house to showcase all of their published work.
— Maria Dismondy, mother of two, reading specialist, fitness instructor and bestselling children’s author living in Southeast Michigan
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