Inside: prewriting activities for preschoolers with movement
Ready to get your child moving? Try this prewriting activity.
Now, I know, writing and moving your body are not typically seen together.
It’s a little like me asking you to add pickles to your ice cream.
But put the two together to help encourage your child to move left to right, along with seeing lines as straights, zigzags and curves, and you’ve got magic.
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What the hand does, the mind remembers. Maria Montessori
So let’s get these kids moving to learn!
This activity has so many important key concepts:
Left to right progression
Using the term transportation
Connecting the body to prewriting movements
There are never too many lines you can have in your Breakfast Invitations and late afternoon activities. Show them, touch them, talk about them!
So what’s the big idea?
First, Let's Look at Kindergarten Writing as a Benchmark and See What is Expected:
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces, informational/explanatory text, and narration.
Basically, your child will be asked to recognize print as a form of communicating ideas.
Now, let's dive into what's age appropriate for your preschooler:
Your preschooler's writing will progress over time. Here are four stages of writing as it develops:
Drawing and Scribbling: Here is where writing development begins. The scribbles and drawings are interchangeable and children may or may not discriminate between the two.
Letters and Letter-Like Forms: Here children begin to write letters they often see and feel most comfortable with. They understand the letter has a name, but do not understand that the letter is associated with a sound.
Beginning Sounds: Here is where preschoolers recognize the sound to letter relationship and often use inventive spelling. The first letters in the words are often matched with the correct beginning sound.
Beginning and Ending Sounds: Children begin to write with spaces and have a correct beginning and ending sound when spelling and writing.
In order to move through the stages, we must offer a variety of ways for children to explore lines, curves and tracking their eye from the left to the right.
An easy set-up for prewriting!
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Now, wait! Did you know that many of these supplies can be found in your home?
Rather than felt squares, try construction paper.
Rather than a dump truck, try a school bus.
The trick is to take a look around your home, and use something that you can use for a variety of activities.
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Set-up in a flash!
Here, I used painter’s tape to draw quick and easy lines on the floor.
I then grabbed Duplos in primary colors. I have one line for the red Duplos, one for blue, and one for yellow.
I set up the “dumping zone” to the right of the activity.
Transport the primary colors from the left to the right following the road.
The end goal?
Having your children take this Breakfast Invitation into their own hands.
What happens next is even more magical.
After transporting the colors from the left to the right, the boys both ran over to grab more Duplos and forms of transportation.
How do you get your child to play more?
Start with small set ups, such as Breakfast Invitations that naturally lend themselves into play.