Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Today's Reading Tip: Get A Grip

Is your child learning to write, or having trouble with penmanship?  If so, get a grip! Now, don't be offended...I meant it literally.  Getting a rubbery pencil grip (like the one shown below) can really help your child learn the proper finger positioning for writing. 

Most kindergarten teachers take the time to correct hand positions, though with the rigors of today's state standards and all they have to accomplish, many teachers lack the time needed to correctly teach this skill.  As a result, some children need more time to perfect writing.  Now that it is summer you have the chance to get your child's penmanship up to speed. So go get a rubberized grip and practice, practice, practice!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Today's Reading Tip: Get Writing!

If you have been keeping up with my 'Today's Reading Tip' series, you probably know how much reading and writing go hand in hand.  It is a necessity that your child is practicing his writing skills often, and what more fun than to practice them without the traditional pencil and paper.

The Crayola Dry Erase Poster Set is a large re-usable sticker that goes up on your wall!

The best thing about it is that it has correct lines for the beginning writer (many products do not).  It is a large size, has many lines, and is easily erasable so your child can spend a lot of time writing.  I would suggest using dry erase pens that are washable just in case your child gets them on their clothes (or worse, the wall).  These pens easily come off of skin and the white board:

Remember that when you clean it DO NOT use water! I leave my husband's gym sock next to it so the kids can put their hand inside and easily clean the board.  If dry erasing does not get all the residue off, then try a dry erase specific cleaner such as this one:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Today's Reading Tip: Writing Practice For Preschoolers

One of the best ways to help your preschooler learn to write his name is to practice, practice, practice! Yes, it might be the best way, but you can make it more interesting.

I like to have LoLo (4) draw a picture and below it I write a story that he tells me about his picture.  I write the words in print on the lines in a yellow highlighter, then his job is to go back and trace over each of the letters.  Since he is still new to writing, I keep it to 2 sentences maximum.  I hang his artwork in our dining room so everyone who comes over for dinner can see it.

TIP: Make sure you are using the same font that your child is used to seeing in the classroom (or will be seeing). Some schools use ball-and-stick (letters made up of balls, sticks, and hooks), and some use D'Nealian (such as a fancy "a" and "t"-as shown in the font I am using now).

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Today's Reading Tip: Correct Way To Write Your Name

The title of this post may sound a little odd to you.  After all, you know that a name should be written with a capital first letter and lowercase for all of the following letters-but does your preschooler?

As your child begins to show an interest in writing her name, it is very important to have her learn that it should start with a capital letter only.  Many preschoolers like to write all of their letters in capitals; however, as a reading specialist I strongly discourage this.  When your child begins to develop an understanding that written symbols are words, and that words have meanings, they will come across many words that have capitals at the beginning-but NOT those that have all capitals!  Furthermore, your child probably already recognizes their name in print, and it does not have all capitals either (at least it should not).

Reading and writing are very much so inter-related, and thus should mirror each other.  I always suggest to teachers that they help to teach their students how to correctly write their names with only one capital at the beginning followed by lowercase letters.

HINT: If you have a preschooler who does write her name all in capitals, now is the time to work on correcting this behavior before she starts reading.  Have her find the letters in her name in magazines and cut them out and paste them in order (but the trick is to only find the first letter as a capital).  I often find many different L's for my son and have him choose the correct one to use for his name (only one is capital).

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Free Handwriting Worksheets

 LoLo is now writing his name and some basic CVC words, but needs some more handwriting practice.  I like using the free handwriting worksheet creator from Handwriting Worksheets Wizard.  You can enter up to 10 words for your child to practice writing. You choose the font (Zaner-Bloser style is most common now in schools), the size (choose larger for young children), and line patterns (I suggest block, dot, space for the best practice similar to in-class).
Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!