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Preschool Writing:

Scribble Every Day


Today's Snack: What food should you eat every single day? Well you, know what they say: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apple slices are a yummy snack, and a glass of apple juice just doubles the delight.





Scratch paper, coloring books, shelf paper, sidewalk chalk

Crayons, No. 2 pencils, markers, chalk



Set your child up to be a good, strong writer in a way that has very little to do with spelling and vocabulary: every day, make sure your preschool child scribbles! You can put a star on the calendar for every daily, 10-minute scribbling session, and watch your child's mastery and enjoyment build.


It seems like kid stuff, but scribbling does a lot to build your child's fine-motor skills. Those will come in handy, bigtime, as your child begins to write words, sentences, paragraphs, and whole papers, in the very near future.


Scribbling and coloring help with eye-hand coordination, to make the line go where the brain wants it to. They help with variety, too, as a child learn how to make different kinds of marks on paper or, if you're using chalk, on pavement.


It's great fun to try different widths of writing utensils - a skinny pencil feels so much different than a chubby marker - and to try varying your pencil pressures, colors, writing surfaces, and so on.


Every minute that a child scribbles or colors is a minute of muscle-strengthening in the child's hands and arms, too. That will really help with writing fluency later on. A child who has put in a lot of time scribbling and coloring will be able to write longer sentences and paragraphs without getting fatigued.


Best of all, scribbling helps build a child's imagination. It is so much fun to have a child hold up a creation, and have you guess what it is! Don't think it's pointless and silly - it's important to praise your child for every effort, and tape them up on your refrigerator. You want your child to have that feeling of success, that something he or she created out of thin air is something that others will like!


Scribbling and coloring may look like pointless fun - but they really are serious business for your child's writing future.


By Susan Darst Williams Writing 2012

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