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: 30-33 Months

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Holds crayon in writing position with fingers and thumb directed toward the paper

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with paper and pencil or marker.

Elicitation Strategy

Suggest that the child make a greeting card for someone in the family. Fold the paper so it opens like a card. If needed show the child how a card has a picture and writing.

Behavior Observed

The child will draw a picture and then attempt to write on the card on the inside. She is experimenting with writing lines and loops in different ways. Lines go in different directions.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents can point out the different purposes for writing and give children their own paper when making grocery lists, writing on cards, etc. Children will refine their grasp if they use thin, rather than thick, pencils, markers, and crayons. Encourage adults to do art projects with glue sticks, stickers, and pictures. Children may also like coloring in coloring books or on placemats at restaurants.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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