Have paper and pencil or markers for the child.
Ask the child to write under one of her drawings her name and a label for her drawing.
The child wants to write more than her name. She wants to convey comments and stories. Her efforts result in a combination of real letters, letter-like symbols, and scribbles. She groups units of symbols and letters in blocks representing words across the page from left to right.
Adults can encourage writing for meaningful reasons, and encourage children to ask about spelling. “Tell me if you want to know the letters that spell the word.” Adults need to make sure children understand the sounds of the letters, the combined sounds, etc.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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