Category Archives: mark making and emergent writing

Writing’s not just for the writing area

A bright, inviting and well resourced writing area is, of course, essential; however, it is just as important to encourage children to write in any provision area.  Here are a few ideas, some general, and some specific to an area, … Continue reading

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Encouraging boys to draw

Boys can need active encouragement to draw so they do not start thinking, at a young age, in terms of ‘can’t draw, won’t draw’. The trick is to present drawing to boys in imaginative ways compatible with their physiological need for movement and plenty of space. Continue reading

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Letter formation (2)

Children as young as three will have plenty of space to ‘make their mark’ as they become police officers, firefighters, car rescuers, vets , doctors and nurses, dentists, refuse collectors and recyclers or postal workers, writing as they go about their important business, Continue reading

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In your night time garden

For a quite magical treat, read your child’s bedtime story to them in your garden. On top of your child’s pyjamas, add as much outdoor clothing and footwear as necessary, according to the weather.  To add to the excitement you … Continue reading

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Encouraging young children to write

new DCSF guidance for childminders and nurseries, Gateway to Writing emphasises the enormous value of role-play in making writing fun and meaningful for young children, especially when it is tailored to boys’ love of active play outside.

Writing through role play. Getting young children excited about writing, especially boys, requires some imaginitive planning. However, when approached as part of a role-play environment, writing can become a fulfilling and enjoyable activity. Continue reading

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