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'Mark making' is the action of making marks on paper with a writing implement and defines the beginning of the journey to literacy - the ability to read and write. Long before a baby is able to make marks there are skills that must be learned in order to control the body, developing both fine and gross motor skills, as well as a mental grasp of making marks on paper. Here are some ideas to help your child gain the confidence to make marks and some ways to encourage them at the various stages of development. From the earliest age babies and toddlers can be preparing to learn writing in later life, and the earlier they start, the more confident they will be.
Up to one year the adult needs to:
18 months - 2 years the adult needs to:
2 - 3 years the adult needs to:
3 - 4 years the adult needs to:
Up to 5 years old, an adult needs to:
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