Writing is an essential part of our literacy program. Writing helps students learn, recognize, and practice using words while enabling them to be creative and expressive.
If First Grade, we utilize a concept called Kid Writing. Kid Writing focuses on expression rather than correct spelling. When students do not know how to spell a word, they normally stop writing. In a large class, or especially when students are writing independently, there may not always be someone there to help them spell every word they do not know. Kid Writing allows the students to continue writing without worrying about the spelling. Students are taught to sound out the word, write their best guess as to how the word is spelled, and then move on. This allows students to write much more. Students are also not afraid to expand their vocabulary because of not knowing how to spell a word. After the student is finished, a teacher or adult will read the writing with the child, writing the correct spelling to words underneath the students' writing.
Every week the students will learn new words and practice the spelling. As the year goes on, students will be expected to know how to spell more words correctly in their writing. Without the pressure of "being wrong", they will naturally gravitate to using more correctly spelled words in their writing as their written vocabulary grows.