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Ready Ideas for Ready to Read: WRITE

As children’s professionals, we know the Every Child Ready to Read concepts. Maybe you address a certain one in every program. Maybe parents ask more about them. Maybe you can say them in your sleep. Maybe you didn’t realize they had a name, but are still using them all in your daily work.

Whatever your story is, the five key practices (talk, read, sing, write and play) aren’t going anywhere. This is the third post of a five-part series on concrete ideas to use ECRR in programming.

Take a look at my first post on TALK here:

Today’s post is about WRITE, an important way to share stories and ideas. Writing starts with scribbling, making marks, and drawing pictures. This concept pairs easily with reading and it can be easy to confuse the two at times.

Activity Ideas

  • Put out “recipe cards” for kids to make and recreate. Put a number of items that they need to write or draw a picture of on a car.
  • Try matching uppercase and lowercase letters to one another.
  • Use worksheets or magnet puzzles that practice tracing either squiggly lines, shapes, or letters.
  • Practice printing and tracing a child’s name and other common words, with a capital letter first.
  • Make sure your signage is large and readable and uses proper punctuation with capital letters followed by lowercase letters.
  • Make lists to accompany scavenger hunts for kids to follow and check off.
  • Use gel writing boards or bags so kids can create their own words.
  • Take the book jacket off a picture book and staple blank pages in the middle so kids can create their own books.
  • Use toys and worksheets that encourage tracing to learn pre-writing and then writing skills. (Follow the _____ worksheet or magnet boards are great places to start).

Book Ideas

The CLEL Bell Awards are announced annually and have one winner in each practice. Here’s the past few years of READ winners with links to the CLEL created activity sheets:

Additional Resources

This post addresses ALSC competency group I: Commitment to Client Group point 5: Understands current educational practices, especially those related to literacy and inquiry.

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