A child's writing development parallels their development as a reader. Print awareness develops in young children as a result of being read to by adults and having other literacy experiences. Part of print awareness is the realization that writing is created with instruments such as pens, pencils, crayons, and markers. Children begin to imitate the writing that they see in the environment. What often starts as scribbling ends up being important clues to a child’s understanding that print carries meaning.
Our Looking at Writing interactive tool features writing samples from real kids pre-K to third grade. You'll find advice about instruction, guidance on assessment, classroom strategies, video, and more.
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