How Very Young Children Explore Writing by Marie Clay - Heinemann
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How Very Young Children Explore Writing

How Very Young Children Explore Writing

Marie introduces parents, caregivers, and early childhood teachers to the fascinating writing attempts of preschool children to reveal how they develop over time and what kinds of thinking they enter preschool with.

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Pathways to Early Literacy Series - Discoveries in Writing and Reading

This book is one in a series of three written for parents, caregivers, early childhood teachers, and teachers of children in their first year at school. No set order is intended. Each book offers unique discussions and suggestions, and each is complete in itself.

How Very Young Children Explore Writing introduces the reader to the fascinating writing attempts of preschool children.

What Changes in Writing Can I See? introduces ways of keeping records of early writing. It describes how easy it is for parents and teachers to assess the changes taking place in children’s writing by using everyday observations and by making more formal assessments.

The Puzzling Code discusses how puzzling the written code is for young learners beginning formal reading instruction and offers instructional recommendations for supporting the child’s complex learning.


Series overview
An introduction to the series: My perspective on relevant issues

  1. Introduction to early writing
  2. First there is scribble – ask yourself why
  3. Pictures carry the story
  4. When you write it gives the child ideas
  5. Has the child discovered something new or is it invention?
  6. How does the child use space on the page?
  7. Tracing over is good, trying to copy is harder
  8. Getting control of letter-making takes time
  9. My words are my take-off platform
  10. Moving across print involves strict rules
  11. Which way round does the letter go?
  12. It gets more complex
  13. Many other signs and signals
  14. Learning more letters
  15. Finding letters in words
  16. Finding something a little more complex
  17. One-to-one pointing is very clever
  18. Forming a message and putting it down in print
  19. Suggestions for parents, caregivers and preschool teachers
  20. Summary