In days of yore, kindergarten was exempted from such exercises, but these days we're included. Of course we fit in the bottom part of the rubric. My actual interest is in learning how many words students in class can write. At this point in kindergarten we have just reached the edge of the dawn of writing. Most of the students came in knowing how to write their names. Right now, most students can write their names and a couple more words. Within just a few months that will change. Each child in his or her own way will discover that learning the Soundabet has empowered them to not only DEcode words (to read, in other words,) but also to ENcode words, that is to write them. Once they're aware of that it's amazing how things change.
Please please please don't do too much correcting of spelling at this point. Kids are likely to spell according to the system they've been taught, overgeneralizing the information we've taught.
They're likely to spell school "skool" and action "akshun." If you correct sensible misspellings you do a great disservice to your child because you fail to appreciate the risk they've taken to communicate with you in writing.The most likely result of your corrections is to discourage your child into not trying anymore with the result they will be an even poorer speller in years to come.
Celebrate your child's earliest writing, and do your darnedest to figure out what they've written down.
By all means, if THEY ASK you to correct their spelling, go ahead. You've been cleared to do it. Otherwise do you best not to correct your child's first attempt at writing.
Here's the news for the day:
|Gavin wanted to sing "Sing a Song of Sixpense"|
|Pedro plays the C chord|
|Ivan shows good form|
|Sam strumming the uke|
|Elsa lost a tooth!|
|Elena brought a book about Biscuit going to school.|
|At PE, we finished up with a game of tag.|
|Cooler weather today than yesterday, with plenty of sun|
|Rieley got the Soundabet just under the wire|
|The days news.|