Preschool Writing Area
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Writing is an important part of literacy development. Writing areas in preschool are gaining popularity. Here are some tips.
- Increase awareness of language and literacy in the classroom environment and in the child's world.
- Give children opportunities to explore the written word, and practice writing.
- Develop small muscle skills and eye-hand coordination.
- Help prepare children for the transition and expectations in Kindergarten.
Supervision and Tips:
- Most children will need to be taught how to hold a pencil (with the pincher-grip). Children should also be taught to use pencils for the correct purpose - and not as a toy or a weapon.
- Use positive reinforcement as a tool to encourage children. Praise effort, attempts, and progress.
- Markers - Variety of Sizes, Colors and Tips
- Pencils - Variety of Sizes and Colors
- Dauber Paints
- Pencil Sharpener
- Paper Clips
- Pads and Tablets
- Assortment of Paper
- Hole Punch
- Scissors - a Variety of Cutting Styles
- Stamps and Stickers
- Overhead Projector
- Masking Tape
- Transparent Tape
- Posters and Pictures of the Alphabet
- Tactile Letters
- Stencils - Theme Related
- Salt Trays
- Rubber Stamps and Ink Pads
- Alphabet Displays
- Theme Related blank books and book jackets for preschoolers to author and illustrate
- Divided or Pigeon Holed Shelf
- Word or sentence strips
- Magnetic words that children can group into sentences with assistance
- Letter lacing cards
- A B C cookie cutters for use in playdough or for prints
- Sponge letters
- Letter puzzles
- Letter shaped ice cube trays for use with playdough or in sand
- Letter matching games (with pictures also for younger children)
- Letter Bingo (with pictures also for younger children)