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Child-Initiated Early Writing

Exciting ideas for engaging young children in the writing process

Learning to write takes many years, patience and much perseverance. This book is about finding many different ways to make this process fun and productive for both the child and the educator during the years before formal schooling begins.

The process of writing should be enjoyable and exciting but can be thwarted if there is undue pressure of a desired outcome. In this country, with the pressure of government targets, we do make heavy weather of learning to write. Teaching children to be a fluent writer is going to take several years so why not spend time pleasurably and purposefully in the pre school years while the children are learning about writing.

The ideas in this book will need support and guidance initially as children come to learn about writing. As with most early years activities children have to be shown how to use the resources first. But it will not be long before they are not only able to manage the activity by themselves but adapt and extend it.

Ages: 2-5 | Pages: 48 | Code: TS0221 | ISBN: 9781925145199

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Lynn Clere

Lynn Clere started her career as an Early Years Co-ordinator then became the Network Support teacher in Staffordshire's first Early Years Centre. She worked for five years as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. In 2004 began consultancy work - presenting workshops for Surestart parents carers and professionals.
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Bridie Raban

Bridie Raban was the Foundation Mooroolbeek Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and in 2021, she was awarded an Honorary University Fellowship by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). Her past research has focused on language and literacy development, teacher change and development, curriculum and assessment for the early childhood years and quality provision. She was the first Professor of Early Childhood Education in Victoria and the second in Australia, and before this she was Professor of Primary Education (Early Years) at the University of Warwick and President of the UK Reading Association.




Early writing development6
1. Writing using multisensory media8
Exciting writing media9
Wipe-away writing11
Outdoor water painting12
Key questions12
Links with the EYLF learning outcomes13
2. Writing without pens or pencils14
Writing with string and wool14
Moulds, templates and stencils16
Collage writing16
Plasticine writing17
Writing with plants18
Key questions18
Links with the EYLF learning outcomes19
3. Writing our name: a passport to early literacy20
One name, many different name cards21
Key questions22
Links with the EYLF learning outcomes23
4. Writing on the run24
Treasure hunts and message trails24
Mobile writing stations25
Key questions27
Links with the EYLF learning outcomes27
5. Writing opportunities within the daily routine28
Personal journals – formal and informal29
A collaborative noticeboard29
Display boards30
Clipboard surveys32
Don’t forget numbers33
Key questions33
Links with the EYLF learning outcomes34
6. Maintaining an inviting writing area35
A birthday table36
The messy table36
Extendable writing and writing walls36
Key questions37
Links with the EYLF learning outcomes38
7. Writing and creative development39
Writing and cooking39
Enriching the writing process with role-play40
Letter writing41
Adding writing opportunities to favourite activities41
Writing to music43
Writing our own books43
Making books44
Key questions45
Links with the EYLF learning outcomes45
Strengthening and developing early writing46
References & further reading47