Every morning when I taught first grade I would write a “Morning Message” to my students on a white board. It would always start “Today is …” and then the day and date. Then I would write about what we were talking about today and where we were going for specials (art, music, PE, computer) I would end my message with some positive sentence about the day.
One morning last year when my daughter was 4 I wrote her one. She loved it and I’ve been doing it ever since. I start with “Today is… ” and then write the day and date. I let her know what we will be doing that day and where we will be going. I also let her know how excited I am to spend the day with her and tell her that I love her. On some days, I have her circle her different sight words or underline all the capitol letters. Last week I started spelling words wrong and having her correct them.
She loves waking up and reading the plan for the day. It lets her know what to expect and also gives her daily reading practice. Here is a message she wrote back to me last year around Easter time. Not bad for a 4 year old. See if you can read what it says. Mouse over the picture to see if you are right.
Here are a few other resources for teaching children to write.
- Writing Prompts for Preschoolers
- Handwriting Worksheets & Printable Activities
- Preschool Writing Activities
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