Early writing - scribbles, drawing, a child's first attempts at letters or his name - develops more than just fine motor skills. It is a way for children to communicate their thoughts and feelings to others.
Research demonstrates the importance of providing diverse experiences to children in six primary domains of early literacy. These domains include:
- alphabetic and print awareness
- written language
- reading comprehension
- phonological awareness
- oral language
- listening comprehension
Little Lukes Preschool children watch their teachers write key words on a large piece of paper as they brainstorm ideas around a theme. When the adult rereads the idea list, children make the connection that words can be expressed in symbols to be reread later.
Little Lukes Preschool children benefit from daily experiences that support the development of fine motor skills in their hands and fingers. Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing.
Early writing is one of the best predictors of children's later reading success. Little Lukes teachers individualize early writing support for all students and at the same time foster other important early literacy skills through writing. At Little Lukes, this includes creative writing, journaling, name writing, letter writing and number writing.
The Handwriting Without Tears curriculum incorporates years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for the Little Lukes Preschool classroom. Research demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning. We teach effectively with joy. We use easier, happier ways for children to master handwriting and learn the wonderful ABC's.
The Letter People are also incorporated into the Little Lukes Preschool curriculum to get children talking, moving, interacting, experimenting, drawing, counting, and -ultimately- reading and writing. By stimulating imaginative and creative powers, our early childhood programs get children to think and learn because The Letter People are friends, language and learning partners...and just plain fun!