Tag Archives: get boys 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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Role play – the key to learning

Have you ever been astonished by the accuracy of young children imitating adults? Ever seen the facial contortions of a little boy as he uses a comb to ‘shave’ his chin, or a little girl as she applies imaginary make-up? … Continue reading

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Teaching letter formation

Teaching letter formation It is essential that children learn to write legibly, fluently and quickly, in daily sessions, alongside phonics. These sessions should be separate from child-initiated contexts, such as  role play, where children are writing to communicate meaning. Obviously, … 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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