Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Children need to scribble...

Preschematic Stage: Between 3 and 4 years of age, children begin to move away from scribbling into creating specific forms. Children usually begin by drawing people that resemble stick figures in one regard. A circle head with two stick legs. As they age, the people resemble something more like a stick figure with a head, two arms and two legs. In this stage children are experimenting with other forms such as a house made out of a square. Experimentation is important as they define and attempt drawing new forms.

Importance of Handwriting: Even as we move to a society driven by computers and keyboards, kids still need to learn to write by hand. Handwriting is so much more than simply putting letters on a page; it is a key part of learning to read and communicate. In fact, experts think that developing writing skills reinforces reading skills and vice versa.In order to read, a child needs to understand that letters stand for sounds and that the sounds are put together to make words. Learning to write letters is an important part of this understanding. 

Handwriting fluency is fundamental to learning because children thing and write at the same time. When we teach children to write, we also teach them how to express themselves. If they struggle to form their letters, their ability to express themselves will suffer. We teach to focused on FUN and achievement to optimize children's curiosity and joy of learning throughout school. A classroom should have an abundance of hands on activities incorporated in the classroom every day and all day. Children should have paper/pen media assessable to them 24/7. 

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