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Writing helps children develop motor skills and understand that written words represent ideas. It allows children to express themselves through language. Through writing, they also learn the conventions of written language and how to read. At the pre-writing stage, they do not need to write legibly – being able to scribble or trace is a good start.
Shapes and Numbers
Shapes and numbers are simple concepts that children aged 2-3 can learn. When they practise drawing shapes and writing numbers, they are learning that writing represent concepts or ideas. Here is a fun way to combine shapes and numbers in an activity. Using cutouts or toys, have various numbers jumbled up across a page. Invite your child to draw a different shape around certain numbers. For example, “Draw a circle around all 5s and 8s. Draw a square around all 2s and 3s.”
What’s the Missing Letter?
Letter knowledge is one of the pre-reading skills that your child needs to become a fluent reader. It means being able to recognise the letters in the alphabet and the sounds they make. One way that you can help your child to develop this skill is to have your child fill in a series of words that contain certain letters. Example: “F_ E (Fire); E S (Eggs); S T (Spot); T _E (Time)”.
Learning to write is not limited to using pencils. Inject more fun in writing activities by using modelling clay. Read a story together with your child and form letter or words used in the story using modelling clay. Your child can also form the objects that the words stand for as well. For younger children, you may guide them to form the items.
Title: The Pencil
Author: Paula Bossio
Publisher: Wellington, New Zealand: Gecko Press, 2016.
Location: Early Literacy Emergent Readers
Call Number: English BOS
A little girl finds the end of a pencil line and her adventure begins . . .
Title: Follow That Unicorn!
Author: Georgie Taylor
Publisher: Woodbridge: Imagine That, 
Location: Early Literacy Sense & Sensations
Call Number: English 793.73 TAY
Discover finger-tracing fun as you trace the trails and follow that unicorn through the magical fairyland pictures! Explore the colorful illustrations as you trace the grooved trails on each page with your fingers and follow the unicorn through the five different magical scenes. There’s lots of neighing, twinkling, and magical unicorns to spot along the way! There are die-cuts to find and feel, plus holes lead you through the pages as you follow that unicorn and find out where she is going!
Author: JiHyeon Lee
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books LLC, 2018.
OverDrive Link: https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/3960656
What’s on the other side of the door? There’s only one way to find out: You’ll have to go through it. JiHyeon Lee’s debut book, Pool, was lauded as a wordless masterpiece. Here she takes readers on another journey into an unexpected world. Delicate drawings transform from grays to vivid color as a curious child goes through a mysterious door and discovers that open-mindedness is the key to adventure and friendship.
Title: I Walk With Vanessa
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 
Location: Early Literacy Picture Books
Call Number: English KER
OverDrive Link: https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/3779087
An elementary school girl witnesses the bullying of another girl, but she is not sure how to help.
All synopsis taken from the respective publishers. The book covers are the copyright of the respective publishing companies.
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