Many young children need targeted support and encouragement to help develop their literacy skills. This book contains tried and tested activities to improve listening, verbal reasoning, and language skills in young children and shows you how to turn theory into fun, practical ideas for the classroom. The author shows how to link activities to the Early Learning Goals and the National Literacy Strategy and the book includes: Lesson activities using puppets, nursery rhymes, story boxes, and picture books Suggestions for using role-play Ideas for organizing your play setting to encourage literacy-related play Assessment guidelines Lists of resources A selection of photocopiable material

Becoming a Writer

Becoming a writer

In This Chapter …

This chapter focuses on the many different elements that come together to make up the act of writing. The chapter is divided into three sections:

  • Pre-writing activities
  • Handwriting
  • Content.

Pre-Writing Activities

Before children reach the stage of actually writing letters and words, they need to develop the muscular strength and co-ordination required to hold and control a writing implement.

Developing Muscular Strength and Co-Ordination

These are just a few of the many activities that help to develop controlled arm movements and muscular strength in the three writing digits (index and middle fingers and thumb).

Knobbed Puzzles and Peg Boards

Provide plenty of knobbed wooden puzzles and peg boards. Although children will tend to hold the whole puzzle piece, encourage them to grip the ...

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