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Junior Writer's Club - A programme to nurture young writers !

Updated: May 17, 2022

Dear mummies and daddies,


After hearing your feedbacks, I have designed an engaging programme for children aged, 3.5-6 years old to learn writing.


This programme aims to help children to build interests in writing through drawing.


Vygotsky states that writing should be relevant to children's lives. Hence, the activities are designed to be relevant and hands-on for young children.


I always believe that stories will engage young children. Therefore, the story for Junior Writer's Club lesson 1 is on, "The Colour Monster," a story on emotions.

Here‘s the flow and outline of the lesson.



Read

Draw


According to Dr Noella Mackenzie, a literacy professor, she says that young children begin their writing journey creating meaning by combining multimodal symbolic system or modes such as talking, drawing, singing and role-playing, long before they engage in the mature written linguistic forms of their culture (Kress and Bezemer, 2008).

If given the models, opportunity, tools and encouragement, children spontaneously start to add writing to their drawings.


Abstract taken from her blog : https://noellamackenzie.com/2019/10/22/draw-talk-write/


Draw-Talk-Write (and Share)

Draw, talk and write is a writing strategy designed by Dr Mackenzie. It involves the young writers to draw and talk about their ideas first. They can add writing when they are ready

Children are also encouraged to build on what they already ‘know and can do’, thus providing “a powerful connection between home and school [and preschool] and offering both motivation and scaffolding for early writing” (Mackenzie, 2011, p.323).


Abstract taken from her blog : https://noellamackenzie.com/2019/10/22/draw-talk-write/


Therefore, in the Junior Writer's Club, you will find opportunities for children to draw, talk and write on their monsters and feelings.

Can you spot the difference between Isaac (3 years and 10 months old's work) and Lucas (6 years old's work)?


This is Isaac's work and he 3 years and 10 months old. Notice that Isaac has no writing in his drawings yet. And that was perfectly fine. Our main goal is to nurture their interests in writing.


This is Lucas's work and he 6 years and 2 months old. Notice that he has some writings in his monster's drawing.

Story sequencing activity

Story sequencing is an important skills for preschoolers. It builds their comprehension skills especially in narrative texts. It also helps them to organize information and ideas effectively.


Lucas, 6 years old’s work.

Isaac , 3 years and 10 month‘s work.




Reggio-inspired activity


Do you have some loose parts at home?

This activity is designed to be open-ended to encourage your child to be creative through exploring feelings.


Watch this video to learn how to set up a simple Reggio-inspired corner using the learning resources from The Junior Writer’s Club.


The flashcards are at the last page of the learning resources. You can laminate them and let your child to create the feelings with ice-cream sticks, geo sticks and buttons.

You can also turn this activity into an art activity. Isaac has decided to use the ice-cream sticks as hair and mouth when the person is angry. Instead of goggly eyes, he used jewels as eyes. Thereafter, we drew our own angry portrait.


Young children will feel motivated when adult draws with them.

He said that his potato man is green because the incredible hulk is green and he is always angry. What a powerful observation, from the movie that I have mentioned to him when I was scanning through the various movies on NETFLIX.


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Thank you for dropping by our blog and journeying with us. We hope that through this programme, it sparks your child's first journey in writing.


Xoxo,

Lynette



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