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ERIC Number: EJ880793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Parental Strategies to Scaffold Emergent Writing Skills in the Pre-School Child within the Home Environment
Neumann, Michelle M.; Neumann, David L.
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v30 n1 p79-94 Mar 2010
Joint writing activities between parent and child can enhance literacy skills in young children. This paper describes the strategies used by a mother to scaffold her daughter's alphabet letter shaping, word and story writing in the years before formal schooling. The strategies included identifying alphabet letters embedded in environmental print and books, tracing letter shapes with fingers whilst using directional language, and using whole-arm movements to form letter shapes in the air. Writing samples and examples of parent-child interactions were collected at three to four years of age and are described within the framework of Gentry's writing stages. The joint writing techniques and activities illustrated in this case study emphasise the use of letter names and letter shapes and may provide effective strategies for parents and early childhood educators to scaffold emergent writing development in young children. (Contains 1 note and 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia