The pre-alphabetic stage is mostly about exploration and representation for toddlers. Think of this as the ‘whatever happens, happens’ phase as children do not yet understand letter-sound correspondence. During this stage it is important to consider appropriate use of materials so that young children can practice early ‘mark-making’ safely. For example, a toddler could injure themselves with a pencil or pen; however, with supervision, many toddlers are ready to begin this phase of writing. Here are some ways you can support young children in this pre-alphabetic stage:

  • High-chair opportunities
  • Easel opportunities
  • Sensory table opportunities
  • Activity Table opportunities