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
- a popsicle stick
- markers or crayons
- computer and printer
Using your markers or crayons to 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 (one on each side of the stick).
Glue the letters of your child’s name to the stick.
Now you are done and now have a spaceman to use with your child when 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.
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