Message Center

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By Laura

Digger returned to our circle today, this time to introduce our new message area. 
DSC_0018DSC_0030DH told Digger that her name starts with the same letter as his. This started a long discussion in which nearly every preschooler was excited to share some of the letters in their own name. After circle, working with the message center materials was one of the choices for explore time. Six children chose to stay in and make cards and messages.

LDB working on a card for Digger.

LDB working on a card for Digger.

Everyone decided that we should use the little white mailbox for Digger's messages. CR put up the red flag after putting a card in the box.

Everyone decided that we should use the little white mailbox for Digger’s messages. CR put up the red flag after putting a card in the box.

There were lots of questions about letters and names, many of these children are curious and excited about communicating in print.

There were lots of questions about letters and names as the children made cards for their friends and families.

CR stayed at the table making several additional messages, even as others had moved on to more active play.

CR stayed at the table making several additional messages, even as others had moved on to more active play.

Young children are curious and excited about communicating using print. They develop an understanding of concepts of print through a large variety of experiences with books, signs, lists, menus, computers, packages, etc. They witness their family members sending messages on their phones, writing grocery lists, following signs while driving or biking and taking notes. Through these observations they begin to understand writing as a powerful communication tool. At preschool we try to provide them with meaningful and supportive opportunities to explore the written word. Children are much more likely to stick with a challenging task like writing letters (which takes lots and lots of practice to refine) when there is a purpose behind it. They are also often buoyed by doing this type of work in the company of other children who are learning similar skills. Our message center with room for a couple of children and a variety of papers and writing tools is an aspect of our classroom environment that creates space for this type of learning.

 

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