Zig Zag Letters

Very early writing is indicative of unconscious, or implicit knowledge of writing conventions. As children’s knowledge of writing develops, their implicit knowledge gradually becomes more explicit knowledge that they learn to use to communicate meaning. The more children interact with print in various forms, the more likely they will develop explicit knowledge and awareness of writing conventions. Three- to four-year-old children are exploring the regularities of print. They are constructing their own understanding of print and how their representations fit with what they experience in their environment. For this activity, we discussed the different shapes that form letters. We learned that some of these shapes are round, some are pointy and some are jagged. Using paint scrapers, zig zag shaped pieces of paper, and shaving cream, we practiced our writing!

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