Recently, I visited my favorite Georgia park, Old Roswell Mill. Throughout my hike, I was reminded of the importance of the shades of color, beautiful sounds, and natural aroma that enveloped me as I walked. These details made my journey transformational. During this time, I reflected and realized how similar the importance of allowing our children to write freely is to wondering in nature.
"First copies are meant for recording initial thoughts and ideas."
Each time I visit Old Roswell Mill, I am drawn to different animals and plants that surround me. The same can be said for drafting a piece. It is essential to keep in mind that first copies are meant for recording initial thoughts and feelings. While I have worked with families that hope their child’s writing will mirror their final draft, this simply isn’t possible. It has been my experience that the best ideas originate when students are given the freedom to record without having spelling and conventions hindering the process. These two components are important, but there will be time to reflect on these at a later point.
During each visit, I have varied encounters. I have found that time of day has an impact on the animals, people and overall tone of the park. The same can be said for the editing process. The timing of this process can not be forced. I encourage allowing students adequate time to self-edit before revisiting their work together. Colored pencils or pens can be used to make this process more exciting. However, this is a vital step in guiding children’s awareness of their writing.
For some students, editing spelling can be overwhelming and frustrating. Therefore, I initially encourage students to perform their best with this task. I then provide a tool to further guide their understanding. This tool is featured in the picture below.
The child is given the opportunity to record their first attempt at spelling a given word. A check is then placed above every letter that is correct. A second and third attempt is then made by the student to correct spell a given word. After the third attempt, the spelling of a word is then provided for a child.
The shades of green and yellow leaves, crystal blue water and gray gravel brought such beauty to my walk. Providing your child the opportunity to illustrate can bring joy in the process and illuminate their written work. Illustrating fosters pride and a sense of accomplishment in children’s work. Simply provide their preferred tools and I’m confident you will be delighted with the result!
Are you searching for guidance regarding expectations and how to advocate for your child with an IEP? The Dyslexia Network of Forsyth County is holding a workshop to clarify this process. Parents and administrators will be present to share stories of their journey and answer questions. It’s sure to be a meaningful and empowering experience for all attendees. I have featured the meeting details below. I would love to hear of your experiences after the meeting!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00pm
Forsyth County Board of Education, Drive Lab 1 & 2
1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, GA 30040
Ms. Melissa believes education should be engaging and fun! Throughout her lessons, she offers structure and choice to guide children into becoming life-long learners. She provides this blog to all those interested in education and learning more about Tutor Wise LLC. services. Thanks for stopping by!