Below is the first in a series of Tips & Strategies for the PreK crowd. Each issue, sent on Thursday mornings, will feature a Tip and a Strategy to go with that tip. These are designed to support you as you raise a word-loving, eager-reading, confident-writing child – in a fun and nurturing way.
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KidWrite! PreK Tips & Strategies Issue 2015-01
Our goal as parents is to raise children who are ready to take on the world. We want them to be confident, competent, healthy, and happy. That’s a lot to accomplish. Luckily, we’ve got years to get it right!
When it comes to instilling a love of words – whether spoken or written – it’s sometimes hard to make the time because, as you’ve probably noticed, Schedules fill up – very quickly.
What can you do? “Steal” some time for literary fun!
While you’re in the car, why not make up a story. Your child can fill in the blanks. If your child is too young, you tell the story and encourage him/her to add sound effects at appropriate moments.
At dinner, have each person tell about his/her day. Include your child. Help him/her along if you need to, but make it clear that his/her contribution is important. If your child is too young, you tell the story and ask him/her to give a thumbs up or thumbs down when appropriate.
Your child will see that words can make him/her laugh or cry or get excited. He/She will soon learn that stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. He/She will soon understand it’s worth listening.
And you? You’re laying the foundation for an avid reader.
Oh. Don’t forget to start your stories with four words that are still among my favorites: Once Upon a Time.
Until next week!