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. Read on to learn more about the Write concept and how to encourage your budding creative writer.
Create an interest in writing by giving your child a journal. Encourage your child to write or draw about the places, things and people you encounter each day. 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. Don’t erase the scribbles, but write what she dictates directly below her scribbles – that way she can see what she is working toward.
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. That way you’ll have a wonderful keepsake!
The library has many picture books that will inspire young writers as well:
A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen – A young boy wants to write a story, but he doesn’t know how to write it down. Luckily, his big sister steps in to help him out.
Little Plane Learns to Write by Stephen Savage – Sky writing isn’t easy for little plane, but he keeps practicing those loops and dives and arcs.
XO Ox by Adam Rex – A hilarious love story told through letters written back and forth between Ox and the gazelle he adores.
Check our catalog for more books to get your little one excited about writing!