Language and literacy are a part of daily life, being meaningfully embedded into the environment and curriculum.

Though there is no formal expectation for children to be writing in kindergarten, it is often an interest that emerges among many children. Children’s lives are filled with symbols and visual iconography so it is little wonder they are interested in exploring symbol systems.

Many children begin to explore playful writing through the medium of drawing. This may be in the form of creating signs, writing the names of loved ones or friends, messages continued within symbols or through book-making.. This is emergent literacy that is situated within a context that children have created for themselves, thereby making it personally meaningful and relevant.