Monday, June 2, 2014

Children's Progression of Writing.

This might not be interesting to some (or even most), but it's completely fascinating to me- children's progression of writing. When I used to teach in the 2's, I never got to experience this because they were all basically scribbling. But, now that I teach in the 3's (with a few 4's), I get to see much more of the scale and it's absolutely incredible to watch to me. 

It's so amazing to be a part of children's learning, and watching them learn to identify/write letters, to even sounding out sounds and some words, is so exciting.

These stages are from Creative Curriculum (not the pictures, but the stages).

1. Scribbles/Marks


2. Controlled Linear Scribbles- Starting to realize that writing goes in lines from left to right.


3. Mock Letters/Letter-Like Forms- This is not a good picture, but it's the best I could find. It's when they aren't writing actual letters, but they realize that each letter is written separately and write a mark of some form for each letter they are attempting.


4. Letter Strings- Writing real letters, but it doesn't mean anything and they aren't trying to write actual words.


5. Early Invented Spelling- Starting to sound out words. This is a child writing, "I want six dogs."


6. Late Invented Spelling- Starting to sound out more sounds in the words. This is a child writing, "I want six dogs" again.


This would be an example of really late invented spelling.


I just love watching the progression and get so excited when my kids master another level!

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