We have a new way to welcome children into the playroom in Brevard. The next time you come in, you will see a child sign in table with a bowl of fall leaves. Please help your child “sign in” and add a leaf onto the tree on the playroom door. When kids leave they can put their leaves back into the bowl. This sign in is not for our official records, so please let children write their name as they are able, it may just be a line in the book and that is OK!

The National Association for Young Children explains, “Preschoolers benefit from daily writing experiences, so it is helpful to embed writing in the daily routine, such as having children write (or attempt to write) their names at sign-in and during choice times. Be sensitive to preschoolers’ varying levels of fine motor skills and promote the joy of experimenting with the art of writing, regardless of a child’s current skill level. Encourage invented spelling (Ouellette & Sénéchal 2017) and attempts at writing letters or letter-like symbols.”

Children also love to be like you, when they see you sign in and they are able to do the same, they learn that writing has meaning. We try to have many different ways for children to explore letters and writing. You may notice clipboards, dry erase boards, small notebooks along with paper in our playroom. What ways do you promote writing in your home?