Strategy 3: Engage children in writing activities for identifying and remembering objects, tasks, and events
What to Do
- Have the child label objects and the places they are stored
- Record significant events such as birthdays, field trips and doctor’s appointments on daily planners and weekly or monthly calendars
- Create lists such as things to do, ingredients for a recipe, items for a science experiment, or items to pack for a trip
- Take notes on or summarize information from content lessons and functional activities (e.g. Create an individualized recipe after a class cooking activity)
- Record and track activities such as class or homework assignments, books read, or center activities completed
Things to Consider
- Are you being a good writing model by allowing your child to see or feel you writing as you talk about what you are doing and why?
- Are you making writing tasks meaningful by revisiting the child’s writing throughout the day and using it functionally in other tasks?
- For example, once the child has created a list of things to do, check off each item as it is completed.