Writing is our focus here at Rosa Parks. We write every day in the classroom through interactive writing and independent writing and we do it in all curricular areas. We begin writing on the first day of school. My students begin kindergarten in many instances just writing their name and some barely holding a pencil and grow to being able to write a paragraph at the end of the year that includes a topic sentence, star ideas, and a conclusion. There are some things that you can do to support your child in this amazing growth!· Come to Family Learning Friday and learn the writing vocabulary and strategies we use in the classroom every day.· Click the link and print the Letter Formation page and the Journal Page to use at home when practicing writing.· Support your child in guiding them through proper letter formation. Talk to them constantly about starting at the top only, touching top, middle, and bottom of the lines, etc. Follow the letter formation guide.· Do not write for them ever. They can do it on their own. They do it every day in the classroom. You might laugh but I get homework back that is not the child’s work so it has to be said!· Keep the sight words (and the Good Writer Check List; coming home to you soon) near where they work on homework because they need these to build sentences.
· When they are writing words they do not know how to spell, they will use their sounds to do it. Do not ever spell for them. We do not spell for each other. They use their sounds and write exactly what they hear. Do not correct them. This will be SO hard for you to do. You can do it! I should not see perfect spelling from any child unless they know how to spell the word on their own. There are words that they may know how to spell such as mom and cat. You know what those words are and so do I. All other words should be written phonetically. For example if they want to spell friend, you might see frd and that is perfect kindergarten writing. The n is hard to hear. The i makes no sound at all so they have no idea it is there. So if I see friend perfectly written in homework I know that someone has spelled it for them. An exception to this is if the word friend is somewhere in the house and they know that and they go find it and copy it. We do this in the classroom. We check the room to see if we have already read or written the word and we use it to help us.