Writing, Talking, and Listening to Develop Language and Literacy Skills
One day when Adi Rule was nearly five years old, she passed her mother, Becky, a piece of paper with the following writing:
- NASHNL-NOOSPAPR (National Newspaper)
- THISWKAND (This weekend)
- AT THE RULE (at the Rules')
- BABDUCK (baby ducks)
- GRODBIGR (growed bigger)
Becky was thrilled with her daughter's "newspaper article" and couldn't resist asking her one question: "What else happened?" A few minutes later, Adi returned with a second news item:
- OSOTHISWKAND (Also this weekend)
- THERULES WENT (the Rules went)
- TOHRMIT (to Hermit)
- ILEND (Island)
Reported in Write from the Start by Donald Graves and Virginia Stuart, 1985, p. 214.
Adi is hard at work, making sense of her world and the events around her. And she is using her writing to help her select and organize the details of her experience into a story. Stories are one of the most enriching contexts for the development of language, both spoken and written.
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