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ERIC Number: EJ920250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Encouraging Preschoolers' Early Writing Efforts: Take Another Look at that Scribble
Falconer, Leslie
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n196 p84-86 Nov-Dec 2010
Much has been made by early childhood educators about the importance of activities that foster early reading--and deservedly so--but studies show that reading and writing are skills that children develop simultaneously. Early reading is supported and improved by early writing. Young children need reading to help them learn about writing, and they need writing to learn about reading. Writing is an extraordinarily complex process for young children. It requires children to formulate personal opinions or ideas and then translate them into written symbols that represent words they use in oral language. Because this process is very demanding on both an emotional and intellectual level, it is important for educators to celebrate the child each time she experiments with writing. Cultivating a child's willingness to express herself through scribbles or inventive spelling will yield benefits in her long-term social, emotional, and intellectual development. In practice, educators are experimenting today with unique models to inspire children through the use of developmentally appropriate writing techniques. This article presents simple activities designed by Andrea Hornby, director of curriculum for Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum Company, to enrich a classroom's early literacy curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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