Saturday, March 20, 2010

Encouraging Writing in Early Childhood Education

“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.”
~Tuli Kupferberg

To be the same yet so unique. I watch children develop and thrive in their own way. All children develop at their own pace as far as their language, reading, knowledge of the alphabet, and fine motor skills. I strive to consistently make the preschool environment fascinating and interesting for them.
One day I was taking dictation on one of the kids.
I peaked the interest of one the preschoolers nearby and I felt warm little fingers tap my shoulder and the smell of gramcrackers wafted in the air as she spoke.
“Excuse-ah me, Ms. Barba?”
“Yes?” I looked up from my dictation.
“Whacha writin?”
“I am writing about the children for my notes.”
“Need some help?”
“What a great idea! I would love some help! You write about Jenna and I’ll take Leesa.”
“I am on it, Ms. Barba!”

How do you help new worlds emerge in your early childhood environment?


Dan Gurney said...

First thing: give them some really interesting experiences that they would like to write about. Right now in my writing center, we've go a stereomicroscope and, boy, they really love it. They want to share what they've seen in it, so writing becomes a tool for them to do what they want to do.

Anonymous said...

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour..............................................

Barbra The Bloggess said...

Love that post you did about that, Dan.
We have an art and a writing center with special tools to write with.
In preschool I deal mostly with various stages and ablilites of writing skills.
Some of my kids would love that activity!
Just because not 'All' the kids are there yet doesn't mean we can't encourage the rest of them to get to the 'finish line' with activities such as these.
Thanks, Mr. Kindergarten!