Making Marks – Types of Marks on the Page

We’ve already discussed the importance (and challenge of) being quiet to see what may be of interest to your child.  We’ve also highlighted some guidelines in the art of picking good pages. Now it’s time to really start making marks on those pages you’ve picked! But before we get started we need to take a moment to talk about the different types of marks you will be making.

There are different TYPES of marks?

Yes, and the three different types of marks are represented by three different colors.

There’s a certain color mark for when your child HEARS a word. There’s a different colored mark for when your child SEES a word. There’s another colored mark for when your child EXPERIENCES a word.

All of those colors and marks come together to beautifully fill the page and give your child a full concept of that word.

In the video explaining the Fill the Page Theory, I demonstrated how the page for the word “ball” required all of those different types of marks. A child can’t just see a flat image of a ball on a flash card and have a full meaning of what a ball is and what it does. That’s not really experiencing and living that word. Instead, a child has to know the ball. Play with it. Throw it. Feel it’s roundness. See it roll and bounce.

Ok, but how do I make a mark?

In order to make all of those different marks you have to do different things.  For the marks that represent what your child HEARS, you have to talk to them.  For the marks that represent what your child SEES, you have to show them. And for the marks that represent what your child EXPERIENCES, you have to play with them or allow them to live that word through real interactions.

Many of the future posts on Little Stories will be organized by these three different types of marks. Each post will be a mini-training on how to talk better, show better, or play better.  We are going to start with talking. We’re all usually pretty good at that.  Too good in fact. We’re all probably talking too much. So go on over to the “Talk Less, Talk Smart” post to get started with the talking part of making marks on the page.