Video Courses

Sharing Ideas Through Writing

IACET Accredited
0.50 CEUs 4.5 Training Hours

When a kid scribbles on paper, long before they can write their letters, they’re starting to understand writing and what it means. Learn how you can foster this love of writing – and learning – in young children.

100% Free
Time to complete
4.5 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • Teachers who work with children in preschool and pre-k, including dual language learners.

  • Families of children ages 3-5

  • Childcare program and site directors

By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • Describe the different stages of emergent writing for children. 
  • Integrate strategies to support children’s writing skill development. 
  • Design fun and exciting emergent writing activities to do with children. ​
Why It Matters
  • Emergent writing activities prepare children to meet nationwide third-grade writing standards

  • Children will be able to communicate thoughts, ideas, and feelings through developmentally appropriate writing

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    Bringing it All Together

     Duration 47  minutes
    This course shows how all Read Right from the Start strategies are connected to emergent writing.
  2. Lesson 2

    Learn More: Third Grade Standards

     Duration 5  minutes
    Discusses the connection between Emergent Writing with young children and Writing Standards in Third Grade and beyond. Bibliography included.
  3. Lesson 3

    Goals, Stages, and Types

     Duration 42  minutes
    Teachers will learn to recognize and understand the different stages of writing and the purposes of each.
  4. Lesson 4

    Learn More: Expository Writing

     Duration 5  minutes
    More information on expository writing and how to practice expository writing with young children. Bibliography included.
  5. Lesson 5

    Emergent Writing Implementation Plan

     Duration 38  minutes
    This course shows how to use the emergent writing implementation plan to support children's writing.
  6. Lesson 6

    Teaching Strategies for Emergent Writing

     Duration 32  minutes
    Learn how the Show Me, Guide Me, Let Me Try teaching method works with emergent writing activities.
  7. Lesson 7

    Learn More: Emergent Writing with English Learners

     Duration 5  minutes
    Provides strategies for adapting Emergent Writing activities for English learners. Bibliography included.
  8. Lesson 8

    Learn More: Using Small Groups

     Duration 5  minutes
    This Learn More will help you create more effective small group lessons.
  9. Lesson 9

    Emergent Writing Activities

     Duration 19  minutes
    This course provides ideas and suggestions for bringing writing into centers. More suggestions for emergent writing activities are also shared.
  10. Lesson 10

    Responsive Instruction for Emergent Writing

     Duration 36  minutes
    This course shows how to use the emergent writing checklist in order to be responsive to children's needs.
  11. Lesson 11

    Learn More: Writing Workshop

     Duration 6  minutes
    Writing Workshop is an effective strategy for incorporating writing activities in your classroom everyday.
  12. Lesson 12

    Learn More: Scaffolding Writing

     Duration 13  minutes
    Specific strategies on how to provide scaffolded support for writing activities. Videos and bibliography included.
  13. Lesson 13

    Sharing Ideas Through Writing End of Course Assessment

     Duration 17  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take the end-of-course assessment. You must score 80% or higher to pass the assessment and receive your certificate of completion.

Your Facilitator

Dianne Simpson, M.S.W
Rollins Center Birth-3rd Facilitator
Dianne is a Rollins Center Facilitator. She is a member of the Rollins’ Content Development Team for online learning courses for Cox Campus and provides online coaching on Cox Campus practices.

Success Stories

  • "The Cox Campus will give you practical tools to dramatically benefit the children in your classrooms, giving them the power to be successful in elementary school and well beyond."
  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."
  • "I love the Cox Campus courses because I am able to log on at my convenience and learn a little more information to help me be a better teacher/caregiver and even a better parent."
    Infant/Toddler Teacher


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.