thINK thursdays!

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Hello Inkster Parents!

Welcome to the launch of thINK thursday! Each Thursday, Inktopia Kids will share ideas with you about how to support your children as developing writers. We’ll highlight topics like:

  • Research on writing and reading
  • Writing and the iPad (or laptop or tablet or smartphone…)
  • Strategies to help young pre-reading and pre-writing children develop skills that will help them later as readers and writers
  • Ideas about ways to create inktopias — writing-friendly spaces — at home
  • Gift ideas for your Inksters
  • Books your Inksters may enjoy and writing activities to go along with them

And, every once in a while, we’ll even post ways to help you in your writing practice, too!

So plan a visit to Inktopia Kids every Thursday for thINK thursday! And don’t forget to let us know what you thINK by commenting here or on our Facebook page.

And so, here’s the first thINK thursday post (drum roll, please):

From the website, Teaching 2 & 3 Year Olds, a fun fall pinecone activity that will keep strengthening those little Inkster fingers and get them ready for handwriting! Plus, this gets the kids outside to hunt for pinecones and help a bit with yard work. This activity is fun for all ages, not just the littlest inkster:

http://teaching2and3yearolds.com/fall-preschool-fine-motor-art/

To spend more time with pinecones, visit this next site for more fine motor skills art developed around a reading of Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon:

http://www.teachpreschool.org/2012/12/p-is-for-penguins-and-pinecones/

  • You could take your painted pinecones and make them into pinecone pals or ornaments.
  • Make the day a “P” Day — What words can your child think of that begin with “P?”
  • For older children: Which of those “P” words can they find a rhyming word for?
  • Which of those “P” words can they work into a poem about Fall?

That’s a lot to thINK about! Take your pick.

Happy thINKing!

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