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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: The Power of the Pen: Drawing and Scribbling
Languages: English
Spanish Version: El poder del lápiz. Dibujos y garabatos
Polish Version: Siła pisania: Rysowanie i bazgrolenie
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Home
Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Parents/Family
Keywords: Toddlers
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
Goals: 4. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent reading skills and abilities.
5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
19. Acquire movement skills and understand concepts needed to explore the environment, support learning, and engage in health-enhancing physical activity.
Learning Standards: 4.B. Demonstrate an emerging knowledge and understanding of the alphabet.
5.A. Demonstrate growing interest and abilities in writing.
19.A. Demonstrate physical competency and control of large and small muscles.
Benchmarks: 4.B.ECd. With teacher assistance, begin to form some letters of the alphabet, especially those in own name.
5.A.ECa. Experiment with writing tools and materials.
5.A.ECb. Use scribbles, letterlike forms, or letters/words to represent written language.
5.A.ECc. With teacher assistance, write own first name using appropriate upper/lowercase letters.
19.A.ECe. Use writing and drawing tools with some control.