Between the ages of three and five, children begin to understand that all communication does not have to be verbal, but can also be written. It is important to provide opportunities for preschoolers to practice these new skills in a supportive environment. You can try creating a writing center, complete with journals, tablets, dry-erase boards and an array of writing tools. Or, you can incorporate a writing component into any daily activity. Many teachers choose to do both.
A young child's writing may not look anything like adult writing, but rest assured that by providing children with plenty of opportunities to practice, you are encouraging them to understand the nuances of print and helping them to become effective communicators. Children's writing will progress from the age of three from random scribbling to marks that appear to have a print-like quality. Lines and circles combine by the age of four to resemble letter-like symbols and finally, around the age of five, letters begin to take shape.
Pay close attention to the development of your student's writing. Doing so and understanding when they are ready for the next challenge will help you provide an appropriate curriculum for your classroom.