Sorry I have been away for so long. Now that I am back into the swing of things, I will be much better about posting! As a district, Shrewsbury educators have been looking for some guidance with our writing curriculum. In the past we had no "formal" writing program, so teachers spent their own money and time trying to find the perfect way to teach writing.
As educators, it is important for us to understand why students reverse letters and to provide parents with the best information possible.
In our system, learning to read is based on the alphabetic principle. This means that a child must understand that letters have sounds that make words when combined together.
There are 26 letters of the alphabet and letters consist of a series of sticks, circles and curves that when combined in different ways, make different letters.
Each of the 26 letters has an uppercase and a lowercase letter. Sometimes the letters look similar and sometimes they look very different. Sometimes letters look very different depending upon if they are handwritten or typed. Even typed letters look different depending upon the font.
There are certain letters that have the same stick, circles and curves, but if you switch the direction, they are different letters with different sounds. Well, then each letter has a sound. Wait-not so simple-some letters have two sounds.
The sound that is used depends upon the position it is in the word and the other letters around it. When you think about it, it is amazing that most of our young children learn to read relatively easily.
Such techniques have helped us understand the nature of learning to read as well as differences that are present in people who struggle with reading. Based on these and other studies, what we know about reading has strong scientific basis.
With the large majority of children, the issue is with language processing at the phoneme sound level and not a problem with visual processing.
Backwards writing and letter reversals are very common in the early stages of writing. When children reverse letters, it is a sign that orthographic representation forming letters and spelling is not fully developed.
Addressing Reversals Although reversals are common in kindergarten, first and second grades, students who continue to reverse letters past second grade should receive targeted intervention. A screening by an Occupational Therapist may be helpful at this point.
There are several strategies that can help cue students, regardless of age, that can be used. Over-teach one of the letters before introducing the other. Use multi-sensory materials while teaching the letter s. Making and tracing the letters using playdoh, wikki sticks, shaving cream, hair gel in a baggie, yarn, puffy or glitter glue will help.
Use visual cues to cue correct letter formation. Reversal Cue Cards for Student Desks Another strategy that one of our reading teachers shared is using mouth formation as a cue. With any child who struggles to learn to read, it is important that vision is tested.
Dyslexia is a term most commonly used by the medical profession, researchers and clinicians. Reading abilities exist on a continuum. It is certainly possible that a student may have an outside diagnosis of dyslexia; however, not qualify for special education services in the school.Teach Your Child to Write a Book Report.
Book reports are a large part of a child’s grade in their writing grade through grade school. In fact, children will have over 50 book reports to write throughout their twelve years of education years.
It’s time for lesson five in a part series between This Reading Mama and The Measured Mom! Our simple writing series is designed to help kids become better writers – while it’s being written for first and second graders, you’ll find you can easily adapt these lessons to many different grade levels.
Lessons that Teach Students to Clearly Write Sentences Writing A-Z Sentence Skill Lessons help students learn to write sentences that are clear and accurate. Lessons show students how to create different kinds of sentences, including simple, compound, and complex sentences.
As the story breaks, the press descends on the school, surrounding Jane and wanting to question Maruge. He tells the reporters that the power is in the pen. Nevertheless, his presence in the school is beginning to cause anger amongst the parents of the young pupils.
First grade is an exciting time of transition for your little ones!
To help you and your students have the best year ever, we’ve scoured our own WeAreTeachers HELPLINE! and the web for some of the best tips and ideas for teaching first grade. While it by no means covers every possible topic, we. » Your 1st grader’s writing under Common Core Standards.
See what first grade writing looks like.
bttr, better, best! Teaching your child to write well means helping her understand that writing is a multistep process. Before your child picks up a pencil, prewriting begins with reading, thinking, rereading, taking notes, and discussing.