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 knowledge of letters in attempts to write.

Skill Progression: Use knowledge of letters in attempts to write

Age: 36-42 Months

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Scribbles begin to resemble letter-like designs (mock letters), uses scribbles frequently

Situations for Observation of Skill

Have paper and pencil or markers for the child.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the child to write under one of her drawings her name and a label for her drawing.

Behavior Observed

The child understands that the components of letters are lines and curves. The child’s letters in “formal” writing reflect a combination of different orientations of these. In play, the child’s writing may still contain scribbling and loops.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Children like the idea of putting their ideas on paper, so adults can encourage writing by acknowledging whatever they write as being writing that carries meaning. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to model how to write specific letters or words as they are doing writing tasks.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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