When my son writes, he writes! He writes everything in one long word. You can still read it and tell there are a few different words in there, but they are all connected. I decided that tonight was the night to take out the “spaceman.” The “spaceman” is a tool I used when teaching first grade to help children learn to put spaces between their words. You can actually buy pre-made spacemen. They are not too expensive- about $11 for 30 or so, but when I was teaching I found it to be more rewarding and meaningful for my students if they made their own and all we really needed was a popsicle stick, glue, scissors, markers and some paper. So today while my son was at school, I took out my art supplies and created a personalized spaceman for him. I gave it to him when we sat down to do our writing this evening. I showed him how to use it and he loved it! And, success! He had spaces between his words for the first time!
Mama’s Directions for a Spaceman
- a popsicle stick
- markers or crayons
- computer and printer
- Print out your child’s name in your favorite font (about 18-25 point depending on the font you choose). Set aside.
- Do a search for “free spaceman clip art” and find an image you like. Copy the image onto a word processing document and print it.
- Using your markers or crayons color the letters of your child’s name and the spaceman.
- Cut out the letters and the spacemen.
- Glue the spaceman to the top of the popsicle stick.
- Glue the letters of your child’s name to the stick.
- Now you are done and now have a spaceman stick to use with your child.
Note: Eventually your child will not need the spaceman. This is just a tool to help your child become aware of the spaces between words and to give him a guide for making the spaces.