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: 27-30 Months

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Explains what he has drawn and what different colors convey

Situations for Observation of Skill

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

Elicitation Strategy

Both the adult and child draw on their own paper whatever they want. The adult writes a note across the bottom of his picture for the child and reads it to him. The adult then asks the child to write him a note about his picture and read it.

Behavior Observed

Pictures and writing look different. Pictures have larger lines and parts. Writing is smaller and tighter. Both drawing and writing include a variety of types of lines.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents can encourage drawing and writing each day by spending a few minutes sharing this activity. They can model labeling pictures and writing their names on the page. Write the child’s name on his paper as well. Ask, “Is this a picture or writing.” If the child says, “Writing,” ask what the writing says. Label any pictures the child draws with his name, as he watches and listens to his name being spelled.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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