Presentation on theme: "LITERACY: Writing & the ABC’s Ways to Learn the ABC’s … without holding a pencil! Georgia CTAE Resource Network Instructional Resources Office July 2009."— Presentation transcript:
LITERACY: Writing & the ABC’s Ways to Learn the ABC’s … without holding a pencil! Georgia CTAE Resource Network Instructional Resources Office July 2009
As a child begins to use drawings to represent different ideas, they are beginning to write. Straight lines and circles begin to represent items in their lives.
PRE-WRITING Activities Two skills are needed before a child can successfully write manuscript: Small muscle coordination Hand-eye coordination
SMALL MUSCLE Activities: Any activities where the child is using their fingers will help to develop these small muscles. Some examples of activities are: Puzzles - building blocks, play dough, clay, rubber stamps, magnet letters, small cars and trucks, crayons, etc.
HAND-EYE Coordination This allows the child’s hand to react to what the eye sees These activities will help the child to develop writing skills: Drawing, tracing, cutting, painting, pasting, finger paints, typing (key boards) lacing cards, stringing items, etc.
…don’t rush …. The majority of preschool children lack the small muscle control and eye-hand coordination to use lined paper. With practice AND maturity, children will learn the correct letter size, spacing and line quality.
REVERSALS: Young children will often reverse letters or write parts of the letter backwards. The order of a while word may be reversed. This is normal and should not be a concern.
? Left or Right Handed ? About 10% of all children use their left hand. Watch and see which hand is preferred. Help the child by providing left-handed scissors and allowing them to sit on end of table so left arm has room to work.
Make writing & letters FUN! Provide a variety of ABC activities for the children Early Writing/ABC activities: Sensory letter activities Games, songs, books Labels on items Word and letter recognition in familiar names and signs