Recommend this page
What do they write about?
At this young age, children
tend to write about events that have occurred in real life ("I went
shopping with Dad") and about things they know well such as their
family and friends, pets and things they have recently been involved
in. A typical activity would be for them to draw a picture of
something and then try to write a sentence about their picture
What does the teacher do with what the
children have written?
S/he will first ask the child
what it is that they have written. S/he will then write down what
the child said underneath the sentence, so that the child knows what
it should look like. Lots of encouragement should be given at this
stage, so that the child doesn't feel like they are wrong or have
made a mistake. You can further emphasise the positive by ticking
the number of letters they got correct (regardless of order, that
comes later) in their original sentence and say "Look at what you
already know, that's fantastic").
What other related skills are children learning at this stage?
Gripping a pencil properly,
sitting with the correct posture, writing from left to right and top
to bottom, tracing and copying letters and words. Lots of attention
is given to developing the fine motor skills needed to write.