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With St. Patrick's Day here, find pictures of rainbows, pots of gold and leprechauns, like these ones from DLTK. Tell your child all about rainbows. Rainbows come when there is a little bit of rain in the air, and then the sun comes out. The sunlight hits the water droplets and turns into lots of different colours - how beautiful! Show your child how a rainbow is shaped like a big arch in the sky.
One Irish legends is that there is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. The trouble is, you can never find the end of the rainbow however much you try! You can listen to the Rainbow Song. You don't have to memorise it, just enjoy it together.
See these rainbow pictures from MomJunction. You can print them out for your child or copy one or two if you don't have a printer. Your child will have fun making marks with colouring pencils or crayons. They won't be able to colour in yet, but making marks is good practice.
There are at least four stages in learning to write. The first is movement - your child learning to control their body and their hands - reaching, feeling and holding things - is part of this first stage.
The second stage is making marks - seeing that if you put this crayon here and move it, it makes a mark.
Drawing is a third stage.
The fourth then is learning how to make letters and later words.
For your child, the more they are aware about how useful writing is, the better. Seeing you writing is great and you pointing out other people writing will help them see how useful it is too.
It’s always good to keep crayons and paper close at hand, so that you can give them to your child anytime to play with.
Write words under your child’s drawing – like their name or what they have drawn – that will help them understand the meaning of words.
Later you could clip 10 or 12 of these drawings together to make a book. This will show your child how books can be made.
Let your child see you writing – notes, lists, letters and emails. If you don't write much yourself, show your child other people writing when you are out and about.
Encourage your child to use ‘pretend’ writing in play - writing their own name, notices or price lists. You could even give them a little notebook when you go to the shops or when they’re playing ‘shop’ with their friends.
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