This past week in class I felt that we were able to have great discussion on the use of print an on commonly recognized signs. First I would like to point out that after having done theprint excercises in class I would have to strongly agree that children see "print" at any writing stage that they are in. I think that even when it may look like scribbling to us, they have made sense of the idea of writing and know what they are wanting to convey. I think it is very important at this critical stage to encourage them to keep practicing but to also praise them for the work that they have already accomplished. I think that see the stages of print in their informal writing will be key in understanding where they are academically!
I also found the discussion on signing to be very informative and enjoyable! I think it is great that we are going to "test" our theories on signing and see what children in our field placement will recognize. I think that this is also an important time to see that repetativeness is key in learning for children. Many times these children recognize a sign because they have seen in multiple times. In order for us to be effective in the classroom we need to make sure that children have seen the material over and over so that they gain some sense of recognition! All in all I found this week's activties to be fun and informative!