Today we focused on our hands. Before we even made it in the back door this morning we talked about something that can keep us safe when it comes to our hands . Sometime last week our friend Gracie put a rock in her ear. It is really causing some HUGE problems for her . While standing in the rocks doing family time this morning we talked about things we CAN do with our hands and things it is not safe to do with out hands – like push rocks in our ears . 🙁 We talked about how much pain Gracie is in and that we should never put anything in our ears ( or mouth, or nose.. ) that is smaller than our elbow. We practiced putting our elbow in our ear. It can’t happen. Hands are for building blocks, painting , giving high fives. We all decided we would not use our hands to push rocks in our ears.
Inside we made a book called ” My Hands Can ..” Each child came to small group and I traced their hands for them. They finished the sentence ” My hands can… ” I dictated what they said. Afterwards they decorated their handprint. Activities like this not only are great fine motor practice but they also remind us to speak clearly and help us to understand the purpose for writing .
Children learn about writing by observing people who already know how and by participating with those people in simple writing experiences. As adults we all serve as models to show our children what to do as writers.
Kids are more likely to want to communicate in writing if they group up in a home where they often see people writing . The more they see you writing , the more inclined they are to want to write.
As children begin ” writing ,” they may use drawing or scribbling . or invented letters and spellings to express themselves . These are legitimate forms of early writing and should be encouraged !
Share your writing tasks with your little. For example, include your child as you write out a grocery list. Include your child if you jot down a note to remember something. Help your child write a thank you note for birthday or Christmas presents.
When you have writing tasks to do- even something has hum-drum as a to-do list- try to get in the habit for doing it when your child is around. Before you know it you will have a child eager to write.
Ms Dallas weighed and measured the littles today. You will be amazed at how much their bodies will grow this year.
I looked around the playground this morning and saw THREE mommies hanging out today. It made my heart smile.