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"What can kindergarten children write?" This question came from Doris, a middle school language arts teacher when she was told about Nancy's kindergarten classroom. Nancy had a regularly scheduled self selected journal writing time. The children were allowed to choose their messages and forms of writing. Children scribbled, drew, wrote nonphonetic letter strings, and demonstrated phonetic and conventional spelling. These are all forms of spelling exhibited by emerging writers according to Sulzby, Teale, and Kamberelis, 1989.

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