The Processes of Scribbling & Invented Spelling


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A child is scribbling with his entire body. He is likely in the ____ stage.

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1. Winnie likes to write long sequences of letters, without any rhyme or reason to them, and with no spaces. She is probably in the ____ stage.

2. When a child scribbles things that look like letters, but aren't, she is in the ____ stage.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can use this quiz/worksheet as a quick means of making sure you're retaining main points of the material, with questions testing your knowledge of key terms and concepts related to the developmental processes of scribbling and invented spelling.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will give you the chance to test yourself on:

  • The developmental stage indicated by a child scribbling with their entire body
  • The stage indicated by a child writing long sequences of letters without any spaces
  • The stage implied by a child scribbling what look like letters but aren't
  • The stage at which a child spells words with only one or two letters
  • The stage indicated by a child writing words based only on sound

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the different stages of spelling development to match examples of a child's behavior with the appropriate stage
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the various stages of spelling development
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can identify the correct term that correlates with given descriptions of spelling development

Additional Learning

To learn more about these phases of a child's development, you can look through the accompanying lesson on The Processes of Scribbling & Invented Spelling. This lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Define spelling development
  • Know what the random scribbling stage entails
  • Familiarize yourself with the signs of the controlled scribbling stage
  • Learn about what happens during the mock writing stage
  • Examine the indications of the pre-communication stage
  • Differentiate between the semi-phonetic and phonetic stages