Teacher Mama: Spaceman (for Writing)

Spaceman (for Writing)

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | Spaceman for Writing

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 more 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!

Making a Spaceman

Materials:

  • a popsicle stick
  • glue
  • markers or crayons
  • scissors
  • computer and printer
Directions:
To begin, type out your child’s name in your favorite font (about 18-25 point depending on the font you choose). in a word processing document.  Do a Google search for “free spaceman clip art” and find an image you like.  Copy the image twice into the same word processing  and print.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | Spaceman for Writing

Using your markers or crayons  to color the letters of your child’s name and the spaceman. Cut out the letters and the spacemen.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | Spaceman for Writing

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | Spaceman for Writing

Glue the spaceman to the top of the popsicle stick (one on each side of the stick).

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | Spaceman for Writing

Glue the letters of your child’s name to the stick.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | Spaceman for Writing

Now you are done and now have a spaceman to use with your child when writing.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | Spaceman for Writing

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.

If you liked this post, check out, Handwriting House, for more handwriting ideas.

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