Somewhere along the line, though, those feelings was obliterated. They were killed by a school system that taught spelling, punctuation, and grammar but failed to nurture a love of writing. Now, with the ridiculous push for academic rigor in preschool and kindergarten, it's likely even little kids will start to hate writing.
Unfortunately, like so many things in early childhood education today, we risk turning a positive into a negative. This is certainly true now as we expect kids to write paragraphs in kindergarten and for what? It's the perfect recipe for making them detest writing only to get some measly immediate results with no long term benefits.
If you're homeschooling your children or supplementing their education, Sticker Stories are a fantastic way to bring lightness and joy back into the writing process. They're beneficial in the following key ways:
- They promote a child's imagination and storytelling abilities in a fun and organic way.
- They give kids an opportunity to experience the excitement of creating and illustrating their own stories.
- They're a wonderful way to enhance fine motor skills as children peel and place stickers on the paper and add details with crayons and markers. They strengthen the pincer grasp, which is needed to hold a pencil correctly and comfortably.
- Have your child use stickers to create a scene on the white paper.
- Have your child use crayons and markers to add to the scene, making additions and details.
- Have your child dictate a story to you about the scene she created. Write the words below the picture or on the back.
- Read the story to your child (she might want to hear it again and again)!
- Post the Sticker Story on the refrigerator or add it to a binder to build a collection.