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What is the first step children take
when learning to write?
They simply start by making
marks on paper - they have learned this in their pre - school years
and may even be familiar with a few letters, which they will try to
where do they go next?
The next step usually develops
in their first year at school. Children are immersed in language and
writing and are starting to have a go at writing stories themselves.
The teacher will act as a role model, and they will write stories
together and then s/he will encourage them to try and write their
What does their writing look like when they begin to write?
It will usually look like a
string of letters. Letter strings
usually contain some conventional looking letters and may contain
'other' shapes and even a number or two. A whole story is usually
one letter string, made up of as few as five or ten letters. It may
contain lower and upper case letters. Children know what this
writing "says" and can "read" it back to the teacher.