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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
Wed, Oct 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Oct 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Oct 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Oct 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Oct 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Oct 28, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 28, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Oct 28, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 28, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 28, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Oct 28, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Oct 29, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 29, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 29, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Thu, Oct 31, 10:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Nov 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Nov 04, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Nov 04, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Nov 04, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Nov 04, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Tables

Tue, Nov 05, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Tue, Nov 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 05, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 05, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 05, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 06, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Nov 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 06, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 06, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 06, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 07, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Nov 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster Library - Children's Area

Fri, Nov 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Nov 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

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

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

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

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

Mon, Nov 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

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

Mon, Nov 11, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Nov 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Nov 12, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 12, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Nov 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 12, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Nov 12, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 12, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 12, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 12, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 13, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Nov 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 13, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 13, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 14, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Fri, Nov 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Nov 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
DS: Children's Area

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart Library - Children's Area

Mon, Nov 18, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Nov 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Nov 18, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Nov 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Nov 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Nov 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 19, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Tue, Nov 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 19, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Nov 19, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 19, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 19, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Nov 19, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 20, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 20, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Family Events
Wed, Oct 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 23, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Oct 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Oct 24, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Fri, Oct 25, 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Sat, Oct 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Oct 28, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Oct 28, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Mon, Oct 28, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Oct 28, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Oct 28, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 28, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Canceled
Tue, Oct 29, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville

Tue, Oct 29, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Sat, Nov 02, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Mon, Nov 04, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Nov 04, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Nov 04, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Tables

Canceled
Tue, Nov 05, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville

Wed, Nov 06, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Wed, Nov 06, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 07, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Nov 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Nov 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Nov 09, 10:00am - 11:00am
Highland - Meeting Room A

Mon, Nov 11, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Nov 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Nov 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Nov 12, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Canceled
Tue, Nov 12, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville

Tue, Nov 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Nov 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Nov 14, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Thu, Nov 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Nov 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
DS: Children's Area

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart Library - Children's Area

Mon, Nov 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Mon, Nov 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Canceled
Tue, Nov 19, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville

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