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Kid Writing (Inventive Spelling)

Karen Kerins

I am a kindergarten teacher and I attended a workshop over the summer called "Connecting Literacy Content, Teaching, and Learning. During the two day workshop, kid writing was brought up. My feeling on "kid writing" was that it helps the students with their phonics skills. I have my class do "kid writing" weekly and we make their writings into books, send them home to be viewed by their parents, and returned for their portfolios. According to the speech therapist that was also in attendance, she felt it was not good for students to use "kid writing". Anyone have an opinion that they would like to share?

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I have used Kidwriting in kindergarten and I personally love it! I feel that the student's writing will be stronger in the years after. I know from what I experienced that the kids love to kid write as well. I work on Kidwriting in small group time in reading class everyday. I have 4 groups that last 15 minutes each and in my group the kids write. It makes their imaginations work. So I say go ahead and make your "whiz of is" sign and all the other signs that go along with it. I even made up my own signs too!

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I am a Kindergarten teacher, and have used kidwriting for many years. I have found that simply allowing the children to write and see themselves as writers has a tremendous positive impact on their self-esteem. I often refer back to a wonderful resource that I got at a writing workshop called "What's Next for This beginning Writer" by Janine Reid and Betty Schultze. They stated that their book "is based on the belief that all children are writers" and that "the teacher works actively alongside the child to move the writing to higher levels of competency" (p. 5). I believe that a child can only become a good writer by being given opportunities to write for themselves! In the early years, the writing may not meet conventional standards yet, but that is okay. Reid and Schultze also comment that "invented spelling is a short-lived stage in the development of a writer" (p. 28). They also stress the importance of teaching "phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling rules" (p.28). That way student writing can gradually include more conventional spelling. So, in my opinion, encourage kidwriting! They have many years to develop their "grown-up" writing skills. You have the opportunity as the Kindergarten teacher to really make them feel successful and compentent as writers which in the long run is really the most important thing.

Reid, J., & Schultze, B., (2005) What's next for this beginning writer? mini lessons that take writing from scribbles to script. Markham, Ontario, Canada: Pembroke Publishers Limited.

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In my last post I forgot to properly cite the resource that I was refering to:

Reid. J., & Schultze, B., (2005) What's next for this beginning writer? mini lessons that take writing from scribbles to script. Markham, Ontario, Canada: Pembroke Publishers Limited.

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I was just introduced to 'kid

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I was just introduced to 'kid writing' this school year. I teach pre-kindergarten and I will start the later part of the year after I have introduce the letters and sounds to my class.

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I have been in a classroom that promoted 'kid writing' and I think that it was very beneficial to the students. It's important for our students to write and to feel confident about their writing. So many students fear writing because they are afraid of misspelling something. By allowing them to use 'kid writing' we get them to write confidently and use their imagination. The correct grammar usage will come later on.

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I'm a second grade teacher

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I'm a second grade teacher and I'm sure it wouldn't be something that we would use in second grade, but what exactly is "kid writing"? Is it just them writing using phonics without assistance?

I taught in a Kindergarten

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I taught in a Kindergarten classroom for 12 weeks while the regular teacher took maternity leave. Each morning the students took a journal page, drew and picture and tried to write a sentence or two telling about their picture. There was no prompt for them. When finished, they would come to the desk and I would check their work. I would help them to correct errors in their invented spelling but it was never marked wrong. If they are always marked wrong for spelling errors, they will be turned off to writing. If they are able to get ideas down on paper then revising and editing can always be taught during a writing workshop of some sort. I loved the it and so did the students. Eventually we created a rubric for them to follow towards the end of the year when they understood basic writing conventions. They earned stars and worked really hard for stars.

I teach 5th grade in Virginia

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I teach 5th grade in Virginia - my 5th graders have to take a writing test in March. At the beginning of every year we see how weak our writers are. They are really use to just writing what they want and turning it in. They haven't been taught how to edit their work or even check their spelling. Often they don't apply spelling skills they have learned during word study. I think that writing in Kindergarten is great and all students should be incourage to write everyday. But I think that teachers should sit down with students and talk to them about their wrting, showing them how to look for spelling mistakes and sentences that don't make sense. I don't think Kindergarteners need to edit their work I just think that teachers in every grade should take time to model good writing for there students a often as possible. Some times writing in higher grades is placed to the sign because of the time it takes to teach it properly and because we are all so focused on multiple choices standardized testing. Does this kidwriting have progressive stages for multiple grade levels.

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I teach first grade and I encourage my first graders to use "inventive spelling" when they are writing a first draft. I think this is good because some kids get so hung up on how to spell a word, that it inhibits their writing. They are learning the writing process and I encouage them to get their thoughts on paper. They know that I will be checking their papers with them for capitalization and punctuation. I am happy if they are close, and they know what the word is that they mean on their paper. The big issues that I want my first graders to master is sentence writing, and using the capitalization and punctuation after each thought. I think the inventive spelling, and kidwriting is something that students hopefully will outgrow as they learn more phonic skills and learn to apply them. I do model sounding out words for students when I know they know all the sounds. Sometimes I feel kids do not annunciate properly and as a result they can't apply phonics correctly. I think that this modeling will eventually build their confidence in their writing skills. Another strategy that many teachers have used is to have students circle words that they think are misspelled in their writing. That way they won't get so hung up about spelling, and the teacher knows that the student knows the word is incorrect.

I think kid writing is

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I think kid writing is wonderful. I work with my students in a small group and give them writing prompts. They then kid write and draw a picture of their response. After they explain it I then go over the words with them and correct it. I talk to them about the spelling of different words and help them to phonetically sound out each word. I then have them circle the word if they believe it is wrong. I have seen such improvement in their writing and spelling since we began kid writing. My students are now excited to write and be able to express themselves.

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