Observe children writing a statement to describe a picture or drawing.
Ask the child to write about the picture.
The child knows many letters (especially those in her name) and writes with letters or symbols in a sequence. Some children may have spaces between words.
Early childhood educators and parents often do not ask children to write independently without copying or practicing specific writing tasks. Independent writing is important because children have to think about and plan what letters to write, how to write them, and how to sequence them in relation to the sounds of words. Adults can assess children’s understanding of sounds and letters and then help them make modifications at their level of understanding.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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