Preschool Writing Activities

When preschool writing activities are fun and meaningful to young children, early writing skills develop spontaneously.

Dual Entry Journal

This preschool writing activity is developmental, and can be done as soon as your child can hold a pencil or crayon.

Objectives: To understand that written symbols have meaning.

Materials:

1. “Wide Rule” Notebook or “Blank Page” Sketchbook

2. Large pencil with an eraser

3. Crayons or colored pencils

Steps:

1. Choose a journal topic, or allow your children to create their own.

2. Draw a horizontal line through the middle of the page.

3. Show them the top area of the page and explain to them that this is where they will write and that you will write on the bottom park of the page.

4. Ask them to freely write about their topic or anything they choose to write.(When starting with really young children, do not even give them a topic, provide the materials and let them begin to “write.” With very young toddlers, they may draw several lines, or just scribble. Whatever they put on paper is great!)

5. Once they are finished, ask them to tell you what they wrote.

6. Write your “dual entry,” word for word, as they tell you everything they wrote.

7. Celebrate their journal entry and share them with loved ones.

Variations:

1. As they learn to read words by sight, and understand beginning letter-sound relationships, provide a printed page with the words they already know how to read. This will help them develop their writing skill tremendously.

2. Write Poems with them using “Real and Silly” rhyming words.

Additional Resources:

1. Child’s desk

2. Character pencils

3. Large eraser


Picture & Writing Journals

Objectives: Draw pictures about various preschool writing topics. Write corresponding journal entries using correct and creative spelling.

Materials:

1. Picture / Writing Journal

2. Large pencil with an eraser

3. Crayons or colored pencils

Steps:

1. Choose a journal topic, or allow your children to create their own.

2. Ask them to draw a picture that represents the journal topic.

3. Have them write about their topic.

4. Assist them as needed, as they write their journal entry.

5. Share their journal entries with loved ones.

Variations:

1. Collaborate with your children to complete each journal entry together.

2. Turn the journal into a “Free Writing” journal with no topic suggestions.

3. Use “Journal Coloring books” by cutting and pasting coloring pages onto the left hand side of spiral notebook pages. Have them color the pages after they have finished writing each journal.

Additional Resources:

1. Journals

2. Character pencils

3. Dinosaur Journal

4. Animal Journal

Extra Tips/Suggestions and Comments: Please remember to never critique your child's writing. Allow them to develop with confidence and experience during each preschool writing activity, as you assist them along the way. I encourage you to make the writing materials readily available for your children to access them anytime they choose to. You can call this designated area your “Writing Center.”

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