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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: The Power of the Pen: Let Children Choose Writing Centers
Languages: English
Spanish Version: El poder del lápiz. ¡Permita que los niños escojan los centros de escritura
Polish Version: Siła pisania: Pozwól dzieciom na wybranie kącika pisania!
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Classroom Activities
Early Literacy
Language Arts
Reading Skills
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
Goals: 5. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent writing skills and abilities.
Learning Standards: 5.A. Demonstrate growing interest and abilities in writing.
Benchmarks: 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.