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A child holding an alphabet book - she learned her letters while making it!

Writing

Writing Teaches Early Literacy!

Reading and writing go hand in hand. Writing—scribbling at first—helps children make the connection between the spoken and printed word.

How Can Writing Develop Early Literacy Skills?

  • As children see print used in their daily lives, they begin to recognize that those printed letters stand for spoken words.

  • Writing helps children learn the purpose of reading – that printed letters can communicate information.

  • Children who scribble, draw, and do crafts are practicing coordination and exercising their hand and finger muscles. This develops the fine motor control needed in order to hold a pencil and write letters and words.

What Kind of Writing?

You are your child's first role model; they will learn by watching you!kids building writing skills while having fun!

  • When you write lists or notes, show them to your child and talk about what you're doing.

  • Scribbles: let them hold and use thick crayons, pencils, or markers. As they grow, encourage them to make strokes that will later form letters: straight lines, curves, and circles.

  • Drawing: draw pictures for your child, and encourage them to draw their own pictures. Provide blank unlined paper for them to draw on as they please.

  • Name Fun: Play with the sounds and letters of their name. Point out letters you see and have your child find others. Write their name, saying the letters out loud as you point to each. Help your child write their name in uppercase letters and repeat their sounds.

  • Word Writing: help them label parts of pictures or write captions for them.

Putting it into Action

  • Make it easy for your child to draw/write by setting up a craft area for them.

  • Give your child opportunities to use other art supplies like washable finger paints, chalk, playdough, even safety scissors. These build fine motor skills too.

  • Let them experiment with what they write/draw on as well: different kinds of paper, cardboard, the sidewalk. Make or get washable crayons they can use on themselves or on the tub during bath time.

  • Provide coloring pages and pages with simple tracing activities.

  • Write favorite words for them to see: dog, cat, Mom, Dad, etc.

  • Use a chalkboard or magnetic letters on the fridge to write family messages; help your child write their own messages too.

  • When your child is ready to write letters, start with them in uppercase.

  • Display your child's drawings and writing around the house: on your fridge, etc.

Here are several examples of using Writing to help build early literacy skills:

  • When you go grocery shopping or have errands to run, write out a list and ask your child to add to it. As you complete it, have your child check the item off.

  • Talk to your child about what they draw: ask questions and respond to what they say. Make up stories together about the picture.

  • Ask your child to label parts of their drawings. This will also help them understand that words stand for things.

  • Suggest drawing a story: three pictures for the beginning, middle, and end. Have your child tell you the story so you can write out captions for the pictures.

  • Draw a picture yourself and tell your child about it, then ask them to draw one for you. You can trade pictures back and forth like a conversation.

  • Encourage your child to “sign” their name on their drawings. Even if it starts out as a scribble, they are learning that they can write something to represent their name. Later, they will be able to write their initials, then the complete name.

Sources:

Saroj Ghoting
Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition

Preschool Events
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 26, 10:00am - 10:45am
This event is full

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 26, 10:30am - 11:30am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 26, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:30am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:30am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 11:00am - 11:30am

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:00am - 11:00am
This event is full

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 11:15am

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 01, 10:30am - 11:00am

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 01, 10:30am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 01, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

St. John - Children's Section
Mon, Apr 01, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 02, 10:00am - 10:45am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 02, 10:30am - 11:30am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 02, 10:30am - 11:30am

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 02, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 02, 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Highland
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:00am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:30am

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:00am

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:00am

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 03, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Rescheduled
Highland
Thu, Apr 04, 10:30am - 11:00am
New date Wednesday, April 03, 10:30am - 11:00am

Munster Library - Children's Area
Thu, Apr 04, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 04, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 05, 10:30am - 11:00am

Highland - Meeting Room A
Fri, Apr 05, 10:30am - 11:30am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 05, 11:30am - 12:00pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Sat, Apr 06, 10:30am - 11:00am

St. John - Entry
Mon, Apr 08, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Munster - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 08, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 08, 10:30am - 11:00am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 08, 10:30am - 11:15am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 08, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 08, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 09, 10:00am - 10:45am

St. John - Entry
Tue, Apr 09, 10:00am - 8:30pm

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 09, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 09, 10:30am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Tue, Apr 09, 10:30am - 11:30am

Canceled
Lake Station-New Chicago
Tue, Apr 09, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 09, 11:00am - 11:45am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 09, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 09, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 09, 6:00pm - 6:30pm

St. John - Entry
Wed, Apr 10, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 10, 10:15am - 10:45am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 10, 10:30am - 11:00am

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 10, 10:30am - 11:00am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 10, 10:30am - 11:00am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 10, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 10, 11:15am - 11:45am

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 11, 10:00am - 11:00am

St. John - Entry
Thu, Apr 11, 10:00am - 8:30pm

St. John - Entry
Thu, Apr 11, 10:00am - 8:15pm

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 11, 10:30am - 11:15am

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Thu, Apr 11, 10:30am - 11:00am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Thu, Apr 11, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

St. John - Entry
Fri, Apr 12, 10:00am - 6:00pm

St. John - Entry
Sat, Apr 13, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Sat, Apr 13, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Sat, Apr 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 15, 10:30am - 11:00am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 15, 10:30am - 11:00am

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 15, 10:30am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 15, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 15, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 15, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 10:00am - 10:45am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 16, 10:30am - 11:30am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 16, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 10:30am - 11:00am

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 16, 11:00am - 11:45am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Canceled
Highland
Wed, Apr 17, 10:30am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 19, 10:30am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 19, 11:30am - 12:00pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Sat, Apr 20, 10:30am - 11:00am

Children's Area Dyer/Schererville
Sat, Apr 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Munster - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 22, 10:30am - 11:30am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 22, 10:30am - 11:15am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 22, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 23, 10:00am - 10:45am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 23, 10:30am - 11:30am

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 23, 11:00am - 11:45am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Munster - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 24, 10:30am - 11:00am

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 24, 10:30am - 11:00am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 24, 10:30am - 11:00am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 24, 10:30am - 11:30am

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 25, 10:00am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 25, 10:30am - 11:15am

Family Events
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 27, 6:00pm - 7:45pm

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Community Room - Community Room
Thu, Mar 28, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

St. John - Children's Section
Mon, Apr 01, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Apr 02, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Highland - Meeting Room A
Wed, Apr 03, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 03, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 05, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville
Mon, Apr 08, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Griffith/Calumet Twp Branch - Library
Mon, Apr 08, 10:00am - 8:00pm

Highland Library tables
Mon, Apr 08, 10:00am - 8:30pm

St. John - Entry
Mon, Apr 08, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Munster - Large Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 08, 10:30am - 11:30am

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 08, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 08, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

St. John - Entry
Tue, Apr 09, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Hobart Branch - Public seating area
Tue, Apr 09, 10:00am - 11:00am

Canceled
Lake Station-New Chicago
Tue, Apr 09, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 09, 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Apr 09, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 09, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

St. John - Entry
Wed, Apr 10, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Wed, Apr 10, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Munster - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Apr 10, 2:00pm - 7:00pm

St. John - Entry
Thu, Apr 11, 10:00am - 8:30pm

St. John - Entry
Thu, Apr 11, 10:00am - 8:15pm

St. John - Children's Program Room
Thu, Apr 11, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Thu, Apr 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

St. John - Entry
Fri, Apr 12, 10:00am - 6:00pm

St. John - Entry
Sat, Apr 13, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Sat, Apr 13, 10:00am - 10:45am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Sat, Apr 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Sat, Apr 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Apr 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Hobart Branch - Public area
Thu, Apr 18, All day

Children's Area Dyer/Schererville
Sat, Apr 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Apr 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 23, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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