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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Pudding Writing & Journaling - Making Writing Fun for a Kindergartner

My son was interested in writing until I started trying to "teach" him how to write. Prior to this, he would occasionally ask me to help him write letters to his brother or me, or he would write our names. I thought this meant he was ready for formal writing instructions. That "formal instruction" was taking the fun out of writing for him. That was the last thing I wanted to do.

Thanks to a suggestion from one of my Facebook fans (You know who you are!), I decided to give what I call "pudding writing" a try.

When I explained to my son how he would be using his finger to write the letters in pudding, he was very excited and couldn't wait to start. Needless to say, he loved it!  He wrote all the lowercase letters of the alphabet in two days. The following day he asked if he could write the numbers. Now he's asking to do this everyday. I explained to him that the next step is to write the lowercase letters on a regular piece of paper and then when he completes that, we'll go back to "pudding writing" the capital letters.

What does he enjoy the most about pudding writing - eating the pudding, of course!


Today we went to the store and I had him pick a journal for himself. (He chose a Lightning McQueen notebook instead;  that will work too.)  I explained to him that each evening before bed, we would sit together and he could tell me one thing about his day that he wanted written in his journal.

This evening when I brought out his journal, he decided that he would write in it on his own. (Great!) After he finished his writing and drawing, he gave me the journal and dictated what he wanted me to write, "Today was a good day."

My hope is that this journal, approached in a fun way, will encourage his desire to write.

If you try this with your child, please leave me a comment below. What are some ways you make writing fun for your children?

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  1. Anna ~ RandomHandprints.comAugust 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Neat idea, love pudding writing!

  2. ASliceofHomeschoolPieAugust 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    So did my son! :-)


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