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Pre-K: Writing Sample 1

Context of writing

A two year old girl produced this sample while working at the art table. After writing, she proudly held it up for approval.

What is this child able to do as a writer?

As with most children, this writer is beginning her writing career by scribbling and drawing. Grasping the crayon or pencil with a full fist, this young scribbling child is exploring with space and form and creating a permanent record of his ideas and thoughts. These first scribbles can be proud accomplishments!

What can we do to nurture this writer?

Thick markers, crayons, and unlined paper are good writer's tools for this stage. Keep age-appropriate materials on hand for the child to explore. Model writing for your child by pointing out times when you're writing the grocery list or a thank you note. Talk about ways you use writing in your everyday life.

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Pre-K Writing Sample 1
 

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