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EYLF Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators 

5.4: children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

Preschool Literacy Indicator: I represent my world symbolically

Inquiry Question

How does writing help us to make meaning?

Learning Experience

Children need to see the function and pleasure of writing in the daily pattern of family life. 

  • Keep textas, pencils, and crayons available at home - thick or chunky ones are better for little hands.  Play activities— like drawing, painting, and tracing help prepare the brain and the muscles for holding a pencil and forming written words.  
  • Involve your child in some of your own writing activities. Make a shopping list, write a text message or email together, and point out the words that start with the same letter as your child's name. 
  • Read print around the home with your child and point out letters and words that have significance to your child, like the letters in names.  
  • If your child wants to write a story let them draw first, talk about their drawing and then label parts with letters they know. The drawing and talking are important steps in learning about writing. 

Here’s a short article from Raising Children Australia on beginning writing:

Link: Drawing, scribbling and writing

Why is this important?

When children see that writing helps them to get things done, they’re more inclined to want to write. Young children need to see firsthand the function of print and how it can be useful and enjoyable to write (and read).  Everyday activities such as writing a note, making a label, making a list, drawing a map, sketching a block structure will demonstrate the value of symbolic representation (drawing and writing).