As many of you may have noticed there have been some physical changes to our playroom and the children are responding in a positive way. Children exclaimed “ wow!” as they entered the room, and right away searched around finding where all the toys and furniture have been moved too. With these changes we have added a writing centre as a choice for children to engage in. We have already seen children sitting down with their pencil or pens in hand making marks on paper. They then begin to tell us the stories they have created on their page. Children have also been taking our new letters off the velcro board, manipulating them and then questioning what each letter means. With their questioning attitudes we notice how children have an understanding that the letters mean something. Often we will then break out in song , singing our ABC’s. Even though children are not at the point of writing words this centre is providing space for children to practise playing with sounds, growing in their vocabulary as they describe what they have written as well as growth in their confidence to use words that they already know. (PPP, 2014, p.105). As you watch your children draw, paint and make marks on paper notice their intentionality and ask them the meaning behind their creations, it’s amazing the stories they create.
As children continue to explore the idea of writing and making marks on paper we are going to explore with them the idea of mail and the path it takes to get to our homes. We are going to begin creating special stories and creations in our writing centre to send home. We will begin to explore this idea next week and we look forward to sharing this with you. Keep and eye out for a special letter from your children in the next couple weeks.
“Writing for children is an art itself, and a most interesting one” – Enid Blyton
Have a wonderful weekend.
Paulette and Michelle