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Encouraging Early Writing

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What's In This Kit?
This training kit provides teachers with strategies for encouraging preschoolers' early writing efforts. This training program contains the following components:

  • Expected training outcomes and learning objectives
  • Training research, models, benchmarks
  • Preparation and implementation steps
  • Handouts
  • The article "Encouraging Preschoolers' Early Writing Efforts: Take Another Look at That Scribble" by Leslie Falconer
  • References and resources
  • Training Certificate for Learner Certificate of Attendance and Participation

Who's the Target Audience?
The target audiences for this training kit are beginning and intermediate advanced learners who are working with preschoolers (3 years through 5 years). This kit is designed to help participants channel early writing efforts and to encourage young children to record their new ideas and creative thoughts. .

Teacher Skill Level
beginning intermediate advanced
Children's Age Level
infants toddlers preschoolers school-agers birth to 8

Kit Timeline:
Preparation time for this kit is estimated at 1.0 hour. Implementation and actual training time is 5.0 hours, which includes 2.5 hours of face-to-face training and 2.5 hours of independent study and an applied activity project.


Training Outcomes:

  1. Learner will list at least 3 creative writing tools and surfaces.
  2. Learner will describe at least 3 classroom ideas that will encourage preschoolers' early writing efforts.
  3. Learner will list and describe The Four O's for Encouraging Early Writing.
  4. Learner will implement 3 writing strategies into the classroom that will promote the early writing efforts of young children.

These training outcomes address the following American standards:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Standards and Accreditation Performance Criteria (2005). www.naeyc.org. 2.A.08; 2.A.10; 2.E.03; 2.G.04; 2.G.05; 2.H.02; 2.H.03; 3.E.03; 4.D.08
  • Head Start Performance Standards (Federal Register, Nov. 5, 1-6, Volume 6), Number 215). www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs/. 1304.21(a)(1)(i-iii); 1304.21(a)(4)(i-iv)
  • National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs, National Association of Child Care Professionals (2005). www.naccp.org . D11, D20.


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