KID QUOTES AND WRITING
The kids were super excited about today’s writing activity. They had to assemble a robot puzzle and then LABEL the body parts! Parents, I want you to close your eyes, imagine you’re in a plane at 13,000 feet and I tell you to JUMP. Imagine your fear…Believe it or not, that is how kindergartners feel when first asked to write by themselves, sound tapping and writing the sounds they know and hear! They are SOOOOO concerned with comparison to grownup spelling. However, when given the tools of sound tapping and writing the sounds they know/hear,(and trusting their brain and not their neighbors) their confidence grows. We practice saying, “If I can say it, I can write it.” Look at the photos of some of our labeling! I wrote the ‘read’ words beside some to help you understanding their writing.
Practice labeling or writing at home. Kids can help make a grocery list or label a picture they illustrate. Remind them to tap the sounds they hear and to trust their brain. They are not expected to spell like a grownup. Rather we want to see if they are tapping to identify sounds they know and hear and going from left to right.
Please have your child teach you to sound tap. If your child writes a word backwards then say,” We start on the left and go to the right. Sometimes I’ll put a star or dot on the left side as a point of reference.
Following are the sounds we’ve covered:
All shorts vowel sounds (NO LONG VOWEL SOUNDS, YET) /a/ as in bag ; /e/ as in egg; /i/ as in igloo ; /o/ as in lot ; /u/ as in up. Consonants: b,c,d,f,g,m,n,s,t,r
Mrs. Laurent asked ,”What was it like to write words by sound tapping and remembering letters?”
Hayden “Writing the words out, um doing thinking in your head.”
Nariyah “Um, we were writing the words to spell it. Looking at that and trying to learn how to do it.”
Scott “We did our best coloring and staying in the lines. It was AWESOME!”
Tait “Um, I used 3 star coloring. The writing was good.”
Hudson “It felt good that I was sounding out all of those words.”
Hasiet “We wrote like a big girl and a big boy.”
Miles “Uh, We did our kindergarten best and I feel special and, for writing all the letters by tapping them out.”
Addyson “Um, it makes you really tired and proud.”
Sam “It feeled good writing all those letters.”
Maggie “It felt good.”
Elin “I was working hard.”