The Best Way to Help Beginning Writers Write Words Easily

 Writing Words Easily with Child's Writing from Teach Magically

What is the very best way to help students write words when you teach beginning readers and writers?

When students are writing, they often want to spell words correctly so I have a list of words that beginning readers and writers use a lot! BUT it’s not a word wall!

Rhyming Posters to Help with Writing from Teach Magically
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They are in the form of rhyming posters for a quick reference! By looking for a picture that rhymes, students that don’t know all the letters yet, can find the words easily! Trust me it will help those that struggle with knowing the letter names. (I also use them to practice rhyming…check it out Teach Words Easily.)


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Writing Other Words Easily

Phonemic awareness is the best way to help students learn to write. It is the hardest phonological awareness skill! You can check out all the skills from easiest to hardest on this page.📃

Let’s use the word cat for an example. 

1. I say the word slowly and tell the child to listen to the sounds. Then I have the child say it slowly after me. Lastly, the child says it slowly… independently.

2. I clap the syllables (1 clap for cat). Then the child claps with me. Lastly, I say, “Clap cat by yourself.” As the child claps, I hold up fingers then the child tells me the total.

3. I segment each sound as I touch my head for the 1st sound /c/, my waist for the second sound /a/, and my toes for the 3rd sound /t/. Then I ask the child to do it with me. Finally, I ask the child to do it independently while touching their body.

4. Then it’s time to write the letters that make the sounds. I touch my head and say the sound /c/. I ask, “Do you know the letter that makes the sound /c/?”

    ~If the answer is “Yes, a.” I say, “Write it.”

    ~If the answer is no, I stretch the sound again but stop at my waist and ask, “Do you know the letter that makes the /a/ sound?”

Repeat until the word is finished (if all you get is t…that’s ok!)

I often say, “No worries, you’ll learn that sound soon. We only write the letters for the sounds we know.” Continue until the sentence is written.

Using this model will make writing happen easily and without frustration for kiddos.

So to recap:

  • Say the word slowly (stretch the word)
  • Listen to what sounds you hear 

  • How many sounds are there (clap it out) 

  • Segment each sound

  • Have them segment with you

  • Have them try it by themselves 

  • Think about the letters that make those sounds 

    • Break it down with each sound

    • Have them write the letter down on a paper. 

Remember they don’t have to get the whole word right YET; they only write the sounds they know!

I hope your writing time is magical,

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