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Children learn to write as they explore different tools and materials. Adults can encourage children to write by providing opportunities in a variety of settings. Children will demonstrate writing skills ranging from Scribbles to Conventional Spelling.
Project ELIPSS indentified several classroom practices which reflect environmental design and teaching strategies that promote early writing skills in young children.
Providing a sign-up sheet at the computer center or other popular centers may encourage children to write their name for a purpose.
As children begin to write, their marks can be identified according to stages of writing. Seven stages can be defined for preschool children:
Stages of emergent writing seen in kindergarten children as described by Elizabeth Sulsby, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Many parallels can be drawn between art and writing. By encouraging children’s expressiveness through a variety of tools and materials, educators and families are promoting emergent writing skills.
Resources to Encourage Emergent Writing
Supporting Emergent Writing – Inclusive Consultancy and Training – suggested activities for both on and off computer, including adaptations for children with disabilities.
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Stages of Writing
Activities to Support Writing
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