How do I help kids to express themselves if they’re struggling to write words?
First build the foundation. Teach the 3 handwriting skills that support independent writing.
- Write letters correctly from memory.
- Write words correctly on lined paper.
- Write sentences that use a beginning capital, spaces between words and ending punctuation.
Show them how encoding works. Speak and then write word by word for them.
- Teach the letters needed for the spoken sounds – the beginning sound, the spelling of the sounds, etc.
- Remind them of words in the room, and spelling resources.
Speak and write out questions as prompts for independent writing.
- Show them how to both speak and write complete answers.
- Teach children how to rephrase questions to write answers.
Teach them how to use the letter, spelling and word resources in your room.
- Organize your resources. You might group words by how they work (naming nouns, describing words/opposites, action verbs, or words with tricky spelling-sight words)
- Model using the resources.
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