Kindergartners are really perfecting their Kindergarten style of writing and we couldn’t be more proud of them. Remembering that these children are only 6 months away from the rigors of first grade makes me think about adding a little bit of a challenge to their writing. We are learning to read sight words and I would like to see more of these sight words appearing in their writing. For most of the children the ‘connect’ between being able to read sight words and actually using them in their writing is almost non-existent. As a start, you might try picking one sight word, i.e. the. Talk to your child about the spelling of the word the and encourage him/her to use the word the in his/her writing. When you know that your child is confident and consistent with using the, introduce another sight word to start using in his/her writing. Please go slowly with this project as we have been teaching the children to write what they hear and I don’t want to stress them out about ‘spelling’ words correctly. It’s just that it is time to start using some of the more common sight words in their writing. Here is a link to lists of grade level appropriate sight words.