Our daily walk past the tennis courts in the city park added a bit of lightness to our day. As mentioned yesterday, kids have chalked up a path around the courts, as directions for a race track.
Can you read this one? Here it is upside down:
I once taught first grade and I recognize the invented spelling. Here we see a spot in the race track with the net post that someone might run into. So the child wrote caution in the best way s/he could sound and remember:
ca — remembering the beginning letters
sh — remembering the sh sound in the middle
t — remembering there is a t somewhere
on– finishing out the sound.
Resources on Invented Spelling
WeAreTeachers: invented spelling
Reading Rockets: Invented Spelling and Spelling Development
So let your kids write and create cards for loved ones — and don’t worry so much about perfection — encourage their heartfelt feelings expressed in their own words and spelling.
Resources for Creating Cards and Journals
Make a Pop Up Card
Making a Burrito Book
Make a Zine
This example you can download shows how to make it, including how the pages will be numbered so you can make the zine before you cut if you want. I used this one in my classroom for my students.