Inspiring Children to Write
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To help inspire my children to write I add word cards to the writing area. Children are able to choose the card theme and the word they want to write.
Stages of Writing:
(Adapted from Project ELIPSS, Macomb Projects, Western Illinois University)
Scribbling: Emergent writing - random marks or scribbles
Mock Handwriting or Wavy Scribble: Children produce lines of wavy scribbles as they imitate adult writing.
Mock Letters: Children attempt to form alphabetic representations, which also often appear in their drawings. Children make letter-like shapes that
resemble conventional letters.
Conventional Letters: Children’s first experiments with real letters are usually the letters from their name or a family member's name. As children’s mock letters become more and more conventional, real letters of the alphabet begin to appear.
Invented Spelling: Once children are fairly comfortable writing conventional letters, they begin to cluster letters together to make word forms.
Approximated (Phonetic) Spelling: Children apply sounds to letters to approximate the spellings of words. Beginning sounds are used first, ending sounds second.
Conventional Spellings: Children’s approximated spellings gradually become more and more conventional. The child’s own name is usually written first, followed by words such as mom, dad, and love.
|Transition from Mock Letters to Conventional Letters|
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