Kindergarten Writing: What Happens January to March? (page 2)

Kindergarten Writing: What Happens January to March?

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Updated on Mar 20, 2009

Capitals and Periods

Teachers will now be looking to fine tune the basic sentences that are now common practice. While your kindergartener won’t be expected to use quotation marks or commas, he will be expected to start each sentence with a capital letter and end every sentence with a period, exclamation mark, or a question mark. 

Word Bank

This is another useful tool teachers will use to teach new vocabulary and give students access to more difficult words to use in their writing. If the class is studying the water cycle they will probably have a word bank on the wall with words used when taking about rain and evaporation. You can do this at home as well! If your child wants to write a letter to grandma, get him started by making a word bank of useful words, such as, Dear, thank you, and visit. This will prevent much of the, “mom….how do you spell….” that accompanies kindergarten writing activities. It also teaches them not to get hung up on each word, and to build fluency in their writing.

To Spell or not to Spell….

You're probably wondering when it’s okay to tell you child how to spell a word and when it’s not. While this issue is not cut and dry, a simple rule of thumb is to consider first whether it's a kindergarten sight word. If the answer is yes, don’t spell it for your child. If she can’t remember the spelling have her look it up from the list.

Second, think about the usefulness of the word. Is it a word you know your child will use a lot and is ready to learn by memory? If so, go ahead and give her the spelling. Make sure you write it down for her, saying the letters as you write, and then ask her to spell it back to you. If it is a less common word or a more advanced word, let her attempt spelling it on her own. It is good practice of phonemic awareness!

This is an important time for emerging writers: not only do they need many meaningful opportunities to write each day, but they also need to read and share what they have written with others. Have a family authors night, where every member of the family shares something that they have written that week, even if it’s your to do list!

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