How to Teach Kindergarten to Write
Teaching kindergarten students to write is an exciting and important endeavor. Here are some tips and strategies to help you effectively teach writing to kindergarten children:
- Begin with Fine Motor Skills: Before even thinking about teaching how to write shapes, symbols or letters, children need to have developed fine motor skills. Provide lots of opportunities for cutting paper using scissors, coloring, kneading and creating with playdough.
- Create a Print-Rich Learning Environment: Display labels, flash cards, signs, posters, text and visuals so kids can make connections between oral and written language.
- Pre-Writing Skills: Encourage children to practice important pre-writing skills that help students with hand eye coordination and control of crayons, pencils and paintbrushes. Foster drawing lines, shapes and symbols.
- Letter Formation & Identification: Introduce the alphabet letters one at a time, starting with their name and the sound.
- Multi-Sensory Activities: Encourage the use of forming letters using tactile and sensory materials, such as playdough, shaving cream, finger tracing and sand letters.
- Oral Storytelling: Orally tell lots of engaging stories and encourage children to orally tell their stories. Then have them draw and ‘write’ stories using shapes, curves, lines and symbol. Ask students to ‘read’ their writing to you as you scribe. Then read the scribing back to them.
- Writing Centers: Ensure your room has an engaging and interactive Writing Center that will inspire your students to practice daily writing. Provide a range of writing materials that include pencils, crayons, textas, paper, notebooks and multimedia digital resources.
- Modeling and Guided Writing Practice: Demonstrate daily shared writing experiences as a whole class, small teacher guided group and individual one one one. Think aloud the step by step process so students get an idea of the writing procedure to follow. Reread and edit together.
- Rhymes and Phonics: Introduce the connection between letters and sounds. Teach phonics through songs, games, and activities that focus on beginning sounds and rhyming words.
- Celebrate Writing: Praise students for their efforts in writing, invite them to share their work with peers in a Sharing Circle and display the work samples. These strategies empower students to feel valued and encourage them to practice their writing skills.
Establish a consistent routing for daily writing by providing short and fun activities so that they remain engaged and hooked in the writing process.
How to Teach Kindergarten to Write
Step 1: Introduce individual letter names and sounds with these ABC activities:
Step 2: Introduce CVC words that students can successfully decode:
Step 3: Consolidate learning with these fun and engaging worksheets:
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