Children develop at their own rates, so be sure to include activities that are developmentally appropriate for the children in your classroom. Preschool writing does not have to mean that children are sitting at a table with worksheets, practicing the alphabet. While this is one way to introduce writing to preschoolers, there are lots of other ways, too.
Tracing: Using a writing instrument with a mature grasp is a harder task than it looks like. By the time they are in preschool, children have had lots of practice holding writing instruments but may need a bit of guidance to adopt a mature grasp. Use pencils with grippers to help children learn where to put their fingers. A simple tracing activity will help children with mature pencil grasp.
Mailbox: Provide small squares of cardstock for children to write postcards to their friends. A teacher may have to translate the writing on the card, but all children love to send and receive mail. Be sure to check the mailbox regularly and make sure all children are sending and receiving letters.
Nametags: Children learn best when the material presented to them is relevant to their life. Nothing is more relevant to a child than their own name! As a sign in activity, have each child write their own name on a sticky nametag. Be sure to have a written sample of each child's name for the children to refer to when attempting to write their name.
Be sure to focus on the process of writing and the fine motor development needed to make writing possible. Children enjoy mimicking adult behaviors, so make sure you make writing a big part of your day, too! Keep this preschool writing guide for your future records.
"More Than the ABC's: The Early Stages of Reading and Writing"; Judith A. Schickedanz; 1994