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Early Language & Literacy KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Early Language and Literacy KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting language and literacy development in early learners from birth through age eight. Its focus is to support parents and caregivers in helping early learners with their language and literacy development, and teachers in enhancing their instruction for early learners from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3.

Task 4: Stages of Writing Development

Guideline: Young children go through a series of stages to learn to write. Young children may have varying writing experiences prior to coming to school. Being aware of the role of writing in early literacy development enables educators of young learners to help their students develop literacy skills.



A Scribble or Masterpiece? How Your Child's Writing and Art Changes Over Time

This article at the Zero to Three website describes how a young child's writing evolves over time from 15 months to 5 years of age.


Basics of Writing

This link to PBS' Misunderstood Minds website provides information on the stages of writing as identified by Dr. Mel Levine and skills which characterize each stage.


Writing and Young Children

This link to the Kansas Kids Ready for Learning website provides links to resources on writing and young children.