Kindergarten Writing

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Do you remember how excited you were when you heard your child speak her/his first word? You eagerly accepted whatever variations and simplifications your child used ("Ga" meant "I love my Grandma!"). Your delight encouraged your child to try many new words. Through modelling, accepting, elaborating, listening and echoing, your child learned to speak. This is the way we are helping your child to learn to write.

Just as children go through many stages in their oral development, written language follows predictable stages. These are some of the stages children pass through as they develop writing ability.

Stage One:    Scribbling

 Scribble

Scribbling is a child's approximation of writing. It can be compared to a child's babbling as an infant. Both babbling and scribbling need adult praise. Just as you encourage your child to babble, it is very important to encourage your child to scribble messages and compose stories.

Stage Two:      Fluency

 Fluency

This stage is similar to the stage at which a baby begins to string sounds together. It shows that your child now knows how writing should look.

Stage Three:      Random Letters

 random letters

By this stage your child's writing may look more like printed language, though not readable (to you!). Your child has begun to recognize that words are made of letters, but she/he is not particularly concerned about which letters represent the sounds in the story. This is similar to babbling that has the inflections of language. Encourage your child to "read" to you what the message says.

Stage Four:      Early Sound-Letter Representation

 Early Sounds

This stage is similar to the stage at which your child said her/his first words. As parents/caregivers, you understood and accepted these first words. You will see many efforts to make the connection between letters and sounds of words. Whole words are often represented by just one letter during this stage.

Stage Five:   Temporary Spelling (Invented Spelling)

 Temp. Spelling

In this stage your child is beginning to realize that each letter has a sound. At first she/he may use letters (usually consonants) to represent beginning sounds, then ending sounds, and finally, some of the sounds in the middle of words (usually vowels).

Stage Six:     Standard Spelling

 Standard

In this stage, your child recognizes and attempts to use standard spelling. When a child's writing is at this stage, we teach "standard" spelling and English letter patterns whenever we model or demonstrate reading and writing. Children need opportunities to practice writing real language. They also need instruction in common spelling rules and patterns.

My goal for this class is for each child to gain confidence and enjoy writing. As parents/caregivers, you can help me reach this goal by praising your child's early writing just as you praised your child's early talking. If you have any questions about the writing process, which stage your child is in, or how you can help at home, please give me a call!


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