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.
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- An easy, fun fine motor activity involves using tweezers or tongs to transfer objects. Use pom poms, marshmallows, cotton balls, or anything soft and easy to pick up. Then have your child transfer into a bowl or cup or even ice cube trays. Even toddlers can try this one out! This is great for fine motor skills as well as hand eye coordination.
- Playdough is great for building strength in hands. Roll it, smash it, make fun creations. These are all great fine motor activities. Practice making balls, rolling playdough into snakes or create fun designs.
- Never know what to do with your old greeting cards? Let your preschooler decorate a piece of paper with the cards by cutting the thick card stock. It provides the resistance they need to be more successful at cutting.