Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Baby’s First Animals by Hinkler Books
Why we love this book:
We start reading to children when they are infants. This book with it’s simple colorful pictures and text are just what we look for when reading to baby. For toddlers, the one word pages introduce toddlers to the concept that words and letters carry meaning. The large one word text also lends itself well to introducing beginning sounds to young readers. Today we’re featuring journal writing with toddlers and this book helps build early literacy foundations for young children.
Go ahead say it, “What, a two year-old with a journal? You’re Crazy!”
Yes, both of my children started their first journal when they turned two. Now, I use the term “journal” loosely. As a classroom teacher, my students wrote in their journals daily. A two year-old journal looks much different than a four year-old journal. Which looks much different than a six year-old journal. Over the next weeks let’s take a look at age-appropriate journals and practices.
1. Keep it simple!
- I buy a CHEAP spiral.
- I write my child’s name and date on the cover.
- I NEVER again try to date the pages. (Unless it is something special. But a date on a page is rare!)
- When my child has filled all of the pages of the journal, I write the end date. The end of story.
- If you’re in the classroom and want to document growth, simple write the date on occasion.
journal writing, Miss Enigma, age 2
2. Keep it real!
- Let’s face it unless you’re dealing with a genius, which I can’t even spell without a dictionary, a two year-old scribbles. So expect a journal full of scribbles!
- I NEVER, EVER, NEVER try to get a toddler to write on the pages in order!. I hand them the journal and say, “Have fun writing.” Write anywhere you’d like. The child may scribble on one page or 20. It’s all great with me. When it’s full it’s full.
- Sometimes I write or draw on the paper with my children setting an example. But this is not “instruction.” It is us just enjoying some conversation, writing, drawing, and scribble time together.
3. Keep it short!
- Journal time may only last 5 minutes. I let the children set the pace at this age.
- In a classroom setting, journal time might happen twice a week as an entire class. Pass the journals out. Scribble, scribble, scribble and then pick them up.
- Or in a small group setting, journal time may happen during small group “instruction” time. Pass the journals out to three or four children. Scribble, scribble, scribble. Talk and interact. Then pick them up.
4. Keep it fun!
- At this age it’s all about the experience.
- I’m not trying to teach my children how to write. It’s more of a play activity exposing them to writing and writing materials.
5. Read! Read! Read to your toddler.
We’ve got a book GIVE AWAY just for these little toddler writers!
We’re GIVING AWAY one board book Baby’s First Animals by Hinkler Books.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
Since we’re talking about toddler scribbles, what is the worst thing on which your little one has written? Take a look at the four foot submarine scene MacGyver drew on his wall during nap time! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, March 3, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, March 4, 2011. Check back it might be you!