Book orientation is a really important part of the reading process. It is a conversation you have with the child about the book even before they begin reading. Look at the title of the book, the illustrations and discuss what this book might be about as well as the characters in the text.
Every parent of a young child knows that they find a book they love and will ask you to read the same book over and over again. It is during these moments your child will begin to remember the story and begin to “read” it back to you from their memory and the illustrations. Celebrate this reading achievement. We want to foster them to be strong, independent reader and develop a love of books.
As children being to explore textas, pencils and crayons from a young age, they will pick the up and hold this in a grip that feels comfortable to them. As children progress and become older, we want to encourage them to hold their pencil in a way that allows their fingers and hands to move easily and freely. A good pencil grip is when the pencil is held comfortably between the thumb, index and middle fingers with the ring and little finger curled up under these.
As parents and carers of a beginning writer, it is important to help build your child’s love for writing. When beginning writing children will make attempts to draw and write to show their thinking. Celebrating their efforts and talking about the meaning of their drawing or writing will encourage them, boost their confidence and keep them writing. Always make sure that the first response or feedback about writing is about meaning. After this help can be given to revise, edit and proofread as part of the writing process. Revising, editing and proofreading with your beginning writer is a time to help them identify the types of changes they wish to make. Learning to polish a piece of writing takes time and beginning writers are best supported when they focus on one or two things to ‘fix’ or ‘bump up’ (improve).