Provide paper and a crayon for both the child and an adult.
Let the child draw independently, then model drawing a vertical line. Ask if the child can do one too. Sound effects (“Zip!”) may help motivate imitation.
The child has more control over the crayon now, and is aware of the boundaries of the paper. Marks move in many directions.
Adults can encourage children to write by pointing out the print in the environment and in books as they read to them. They can also show the children when they are writing a note or list. This shows the children the purpose for writing versus drawing a picture. Provide wet sand, shaving cream, or other safe materials for the children to practice using their fingers and making lines.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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