Teaching young children to write is one of the most difficult tasks for early childhood educators. Beginning writers lack the confidence to take the risk to write. They also often lack the foundational skills to help them put their thoughts on paper. Start with some great literature to help empower your young writers!
Lost for Words By: Natalie Russell
Tapir wants to express himself, but he can’t find the words! He and his friends all have nice new notebooks, just waiting to be filled. Giraffe decides to write a poem, Hippo writes a story, and Flamingo composes a beautiful song. But poor Tapir can’t think of anything to write – and the harder he tries the more upset he becomes! But everything starts to change when Tapir stops trying to write, and instead he begins to draw… Use this book to empower young writers to begin to express themselves by drawing their thoughts.
A Squiggly Story By: Andrew Larsen and Mike Lowery
A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there’s a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn’t know many words. ?Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,? his sister explains patiently. ?Why don’t you start there, with a letter?? So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story. This picture book from award-winning author Andrew Larsen playfully and imaginatively explores a young child’s process of learning to express himself. It promotes the idea that stories are available for everyone to tell, whatever way we can, and will inspire pre-readers to try writing stories of their own. The lively, fun illustrations by Mike Lowery incorporate story panels with dialogue bubbles, adding visual texture. Also helpful, the boy’s story is shown both as he actually writes it — with just a few letters, some punctuation marks and typographical symbols — and as he imagines it. Celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and imagination, this book would enhance an early language arts lesson on writing, particularly on the parts of a story. It beautifully highlights the exciting worlds that are opened up when children begin to read and write.
Rocket Writes A Story By: Tadd Hills
Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can’t think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he discovers small details that he has never noticed before, a timid baby owl who becomes his friend, and an idea for a story.
Teach your students the power of the pencil with this cute song from Can You Read It Yes We Can. Sing it every time your write!
Use this bundle to get your students writing routinely. Great read and write the room print ables. Awesome templates for writing a letter to friend all throughout the year. Easy to use journal writing printables too.