Children learn to write when they feel they have something to say. Beginning writing is often made up of a few letters based on what children hear when they say words. The writing is often missing vowels, and punctuation. "Kid writing" is important, even if it is full of spelling errors and mishaped letters. When a child begins to understand there is power in being able to write and share thinking with others, the most important lesson of writing has been learned.
Encourage your child to use "invented spelling" to get those beginning ideas on paper. Write down stories as your child tells them to you. Take the time to model writing at home, even if you are using an iPad or computer. Good writing reflects good thinking.
In the video below, watch as the teacher guides instruction in "kid writing," and rest at ease that those spelling errors, and funny shaped letters will not follow your child forever.
By now all students should be close to "mastering" the skills listed below. If your child cannot perform the listed skills, take a look at the online resources referenced below:
About this time each year kindergarten needs a few things. The "newness" of school has worn off, our supplies are running a bit low, and the novelty of school has made way for the daily routine.
Parents can continue to support our classroom by volunteering weekly to support our project based learning efforts, and by providing donations.
Kindergarten is currently in need of: