What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. But there's more to say about Early Literacy! Read on for tips on how to to encourage pre-writing skills.
Whether it involves a car trip or plane ride to a vacation destination or settling in for a cozy stay-cation, this summer offers the perfect opportunity to encourage those pre-writing skills. If your child is scribbling on everything when he gets a hold of anything that writes, he’s ready to discover that words have meaning.
You can reinforce this idea by giving your child a journal of his own. Encourage your child to write or draw about the places, things and people you encounter. Ask your child to tell you about her journal entries. If the entries are mainly drawings, encourage her to describe the pictures in writing. If her writing is still in the scribbling phase of normal development, go ahead and let her scribble in her journal. Scribbling is an important pre-writing skill. Celebrate those scribbles and then have your child dictate to you what she wrote so you can write it down and she can see what she’s working towards. Don’t erase the scribbles - just add your writing to the same page.
If your child is already starting to write letters and form words, another fun tip to get in more writing practice is to use a notebook to write short notes back and forth with your child. Don’t rip the pages out, pass the entire notebook back and forth. You’ll have a wonderful keepsake - a reminder of your summer vacation and your dedication to your child’s literacy.
And if your family is spending most of your summer right here at home, stop in each week for ! Don't forget - there's still time to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, and to claim prizes for the reading you do with your child.