Honeypie has been attempting writing on her own with plenty of gusto. Here are some of her first attempts .
I think letter writing is a great way to get kids excited about writing, being that the inspiration always comes from love and the need to communicate. That eagerness can erase the worry of the "am I spelling it right?" fear. The anxiety of "spelling it right" can halt the flow of writing to focus more on correcting. I focus more on getting kids excited about writing without correcting (inventive spelling)... there will always be time later for that.
Keeping a list of sight words that they have memorized or can write correctly can always happen simultaneously to this process. But the focus is to let writing flow.
Story writing is a great way to get kids imaginations and writing flowing too. Kids that love to read, also love to have their own story read aloud!
I work next to honeypie as she comes up with a story first, draws her story pages second and then she writes her words .
We focus on the beginning of the story (introducing characters and main idea), middle (what happens next in the story) and end (resolution).
Here's a list of words she feels confident she can write...
(Lunch box, leaf, ladder, horse, secret, sticker, goldfish and napkin.)
A Van Gogh painting...
A letter to her fairy...
an icepack for uniqua...
(A letter to her swimming teacher...)
"I love you brian so much.
I'm going to be a swimming teacher when i grow up.
You are so nice."
and here's a story written by honeypie...
The unicorn was walking in the woods and then she planted a money tree.
She picked up a twig and pocked it... nothing happened
and crystal felt braver
She ran home as fast as she could
What's wrong my little one? (said the mama unicorn)
She turns into a star
"watch this!", (she says)
"Come back this instant!!", (says the mama unicorn)
I think I'll keep you little rock!
In retrospect... I'm a crappy speller.
If it wasn't for spell check, I don't know where I would be... seriously.
but i do love to write and it is always the first type of communication I chose, when my mind is crowded and I need to express...
I think journal keeping is amazing, (as is blogging to the masses of who knows who reads this...) ;)
and i think "that" is more important than stuffing it all inside......... just sayin'.