North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Language Development and Communication (LDC)

Subdomain: Foundations for Writing

Goal: Children use writing skills and writing conventions.

Skill Progression: Use writing skills and writing conventions

Age: 24-27 Months

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Imitates drawing a horizontal line

Situations for Observation of Skill

Provide paper and a crayon for both the child and an adult.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult models writing a horizontal line as a track or other part of her picture. “Look what I can do. Choo-choo! Can you do one like mine?” The adult also points out the circles, curves, and other different lines on both papers.

Behavior Observed

Imitates a horizontal stroke.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Make drawing a common activity, so children practice different strokes. Provide toys that require use of a pincer grasp (e.g., poker chips, large beads, etc.) to develop fine motor precision. When reading to the children, the adult can follow the print with her finger. This teaches the children that print moves from left to right and from the top of the page to the bottom.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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