Here’s a letter Bruce worked on last night to deliver to one of the kids in his class tomorrow. It says: “Sorry Jordan for being mean. I won’t do that in the future. Next half of the note for the parents. I like the way you handled it. I am happy you didn’t tell Mr. Sacket. From Bruce.”
As you can see, there are a lot of things going on in this letter that pop out at you; letter reversals, phonetic spelling, and words that end mid letter on the right of the page, and then pick up again on the left. But since Bruce is still just five and a half, this is all completely normal and doesn’t worry me at all. I didn’t harp on anything, or make him change something, because I did not want to interfere with his creative flow. He spent a good twenty minutes on this and really worked hard.
One thing I will try to start having some mini-lessons on however, is this business of running out of space for a word on the right, and then finishing it off on the left. I really need to teach him about putting finger spaces between each word.