Writing Expectations in Kindergarten
Parents of kindergarteners talk a lot about reading. But its companion—writing—is ignored. Find out what writing skills your child will learn in kindergarten.
What You Need to Know
Kindergarten writing is an active process that involves various utensils, including brushes, markers, chalk, crayons, pens, and pencils on a variety of surfaces like paper, chalkboards, clay, and sandpaper. The diverse materials makes repetition more fun.
How You Can Help
Your state department of education will list the writing standards for kindergarten. You can supplement any requirements with fun activities at home.
- Restaurant style. Cut and tape large, white butcher paper to a low table or any open counter space and spread out big, fat crayons on the surface. Doodle, write your name, draw a picture and label it—actively encourage your child to join you.
- Reverse it. Find the layered paper that reveals colors beneath a black surface when a stylus scrapes it. Etch your child’s name on it, create capital and lower case pairs. Create the same effect from scratch by shading in a sheet of paper with light pencil pressure and use an “eraser” to write on it.
- Picture it. Create a game with a small notebook in which you and your child take turns drawing pictures of common things that the other person must shout out loud. Write the answer on each page and keep the notebook to continue the game.
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