Writing has become an important part of our Kindergarten curriculum. Children see themselves as writers early in the school year. The children write with adult guidance several times a week.
The children choose their own topic and begin by drawing a picture. Children are encouraged to write the sounds they hear in their words while an adult repeats their sentence to them by exaggerating the sounds.
Adults guide their progress and model conventional writing as the children work. We use "kid crowns" and a word wall to help the children learn to spell words with unconventional spelling patterns (the, with, said) and word families (the king of "ing", the gent of "went"). These tools also help to begin the development of independence as a writer.