Bear is in a sensitive stage for writing for a purpose. A year ago at 2.5 years, she was in a sensitive stage for writing her letters. For days, all she did was trace a letter tracing printable from Confessions of a Homeschooler that I had laminated for her. These days, I find her daily at her table writing notes to friends, mom and dad, and teachers.
“Hannah, thank you for a wigle crd.”
Translation: Hannah, thank you for a wiggly card.
(The wiggly card being one of those where the image changes as you tilt the card.)
One way I have encouraged her writing is by providing her with various paper sizes and types. For a while, her favorite paper was the free grocery lists available at the entrance of Publix.
She also has access to various writing implements: pencils, markers, crayons, colored pencils, shiny pens…
Since her very favorite thing by far is to make cards I have made her a card making basket.
In a wire tray, I have included a stamp or two, a tiny ink pad, a sponge to clean the stamps, and blank pieces of card stock I have pre-folded for her (although the cards could be left unfolded for folding practice). There are also some fancy scrapbooking pens in there. This is what she is creating with in the top photo.
How do you encourage writing in your homes?