Skip directly to content

Emergent Writing

As the print and phonemic awareness of children grows, they start expressing themselves using pictures and scribbling. They write their experiences, their own stories using an invented script. This writing is not legible for adults but makes perfect sense to the child. In Lipi, we have observed that the patterns of scribbling that one can see when the child is exposed to Marathi are distinctly different from what one observes in English. Unlike the Roman script, the letters in Devnagari hang from a line, which gets reflected in the scribbling of children. In Lipi, we encourage teachers to ask the child what he has written and record it using the conventional script. Distinct stages are observed as children progress towards conventional writing.