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A pencil drawing a flower

Draws pictures, letters and numbers

Most young children enjoy the process of writing. Early writing is a strong predictor of a child’s reading success in later years. It is a foundational literacy skill that develops understanding of print concepts, alphabet knowledge, and sounds in language. Drawing is how a child writes in the early years. Drawing pictures and copying letters and numbers leads to children using writing for a variety of purposes.

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Gerde, H. K., Bingham, G. E. & Wasik, B. A. (2012). Writing in early childhood classrooms: Guidance for best practice. Early Childhood Education Journal, 40(6), 351–359.