Preparing children for writing: birth to 2

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This chapter focuses on the writing development of our youngest members of society:children from birth to 2 years of age. Specifically, the chapter discusses ways in which early childhood educators can support early writing with children from birth to age 2 in a context of responsive, respectful and reciprocal relationships. Firstly, the early development of mark-making, scribbling, drawing and writing in very young children is discussed. Next, elements necessary for a rich and engaging birth–2 educational environment are discussed in relation to early writing. Building on this, examples of strategies which support and promote children’s early writing in birth–2 educational environments are shared and explained with illustrative examples of quality practice.The discussion then moves to processes for observation and documentation which capture children’s early writing development. Importantly, strategies for communicating and collaborating with families to support children’s early writing in birth–2 educational environments are presented. Throughout the chapter, artefacts demonstrating early writing illustrate points in the discussion. Reflection prompts are included throughout the chapter and recommended reading provided after the conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding and supporting young writers from birth to 8
EditorsNoella M. MacKenzie, Janet Scull
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781315561301
ISBN (Print)9781138674448
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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