Written language is acquired by children in many of the same ways they acquire oral language. Two crucial aspects of learning oral language are having opportunities to be a language user and having adult role models.
We can engage children in exploration of written language by writing with them. Written communication is tied to reading.
Today we took the opportunity to make our own books. The children told me a story and I dictated the story to the paper. They saw me write what they said. And then they became illustrators .