This year your child will be writing various pieces during Writing Workshop. This is a way to stimulate children to write and helps to create a positive attitude towards writing. Beginning writing experiences are like beginning speech. Good writing is learned, as is good speech. Please do not criticize or correct the writing, but praise your child instead. If you can't read something, ask your child to read it to you. Current research indicates that children should have the freedom to express their ideas without being concerned about spelling. Those children who are encouraged to use "invented spelling" will not be inhibited in expressing themselves. The new Common Core Learning Standards require first graders to write narrative, opinion, and informational pieces.
Interactive writing is one of the ways that children will learn to be good writers. It is a group writing process where the children think of an idea together. We take turns writing the words and parts of words. The children learn how to say a word slowly and listen for the sounds they hear. We discuss the correct use of capital letters and punctuation marks as well as the correct spacing of words. Children reread what is written to be sure that the writing can be understood. They will be able to use these skills when they write independently.
The following items are emphasized:
- correct pencil grip
- minimal erasing
- start at the 2:00 position
- touch the top line
- touch the bottom line
- do not extend way below the bottom line
- no tracing over
- correct spacing for letter formation and word position