Saturday, 16 January 2016

Writing and mark making with boys

When time permits, I love to sit for half an hour or so with Chick 2 in the morning after the school run and look at letters and sounds. I'm not a pushy mum in the slightest, so if he's not in the right frame of mind we do something else. But on most days he really looks forward to some 1:1 time. 

We've been working through his phase 2 sounds ready for school this year (see HERE for more information and free letters and sounds activities).

We go through the sounds he's already learnt, then we have a go at writing it in different ways - white board, shaving foam, flour (see the bottom of the page for the craziness this caused!).


We look at words with that sound and have a go at writing it.

Then sometimes play an early reading game such as Metal mike, or splat (I sound out the word, and he 'splats' his hand on the right word).

While we're doing this, I try and get Chick 3 involved with some sort of mark making. He particularly likes the shaving foam :)

We were learning the letter 'r' the other day. Genius me thought it would be really cool to write it in flour on the kitchen floor. Chick 2 was quick to tell me I was being 'naughty' as he watched open mouthed as I shook flour all over the floor. 

We had a few goes in the flour, but as soon as Chick 3 saw what was going on, it very quickly turned into a roll-around-in-the-flour game.


EYFS Links
Development Matters:

Literacy: Writing
•Sometimes gives meaning to marks as they draw and paint.
•Ascribes meanings to marks that they see in different places.

•Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint.
•Continues a rhyming string.
 •Hears and says the initial sound in words.
 •Can segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together

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