K-2 Resources: The Write Stuff

Writing Tool Box

Reading and writing go hand-in-hand. A better writer is a better reader! Writing based on real-world experiences and familiar tasks is engaging and motivating and helps children connect what they know, understand and think. The 21st Century demands that literate people possess a wide range of writing skills.

Your Budding Writer

Keep a journal for all sorts of writing opportunities. One can always write about something you read. But do not pass up the opportunity to reflect on activities of the day: a soccer match, a trip to the grocery store, a traffic jam that made you late. Keep a weather journal! The opportunities are limitless and writing about an incident or activity can make writing relevant. Our early readers may need you to do the writing, taking down all that they want to express. Don’t hesitate to let them write or draw a picture to illustrate the experience.

Inventive Spelling

Do not be put off by the misspellings and incorrect punctuation of young writers. In the lower primary grades, young writers compose messages with less regard for correct spelling and punctuation than older students. Teachers call this stage invented spelling. Do not get bogged down in editing during your child’s early stages of writing development (you will help with this later); just let the creative juices flow! Invented spelling allows children to communicate messages in writing long before they are ready to spell each word correctly. It is beneficial for children to express their ideas quickly and smoothly in a first draft, without getting bogged down by trying to spell each word correctly. Invented spelling also helps children progress toward standard spelling. Sounding out words and predicting how they will be spelled reinforces students' understanding of the connection between letters and sounds and lets them experiment with the spelling patterns they are learning. As they edit their writing and make a final draft, students get additional practice with the correct forms of words.

Alphabet Book

My ABC Book Template helps children to make letter pages for an alphabet book. Children can print individual words and draw pictures of things that start with each letter. Working on the book will help to reinforce the order of the alphabet and which words start with which letters—an important building block for reading. Children who are starting to string sentences together can take the book a step further by adding their own sentences about the alphabet word they have chosen.