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He has no concept of spacing within/between words
Old 12-04-2014, 05:33 PM
 
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Well, he is developing this concept, but it sure is going slowly. He came after the first 9 weeks and had the worst handwriting I've ever seen. It couldn't be read. He's improved a lot, but his spacing is an issue.

I've been using a sharpie to write blanks, one for each word, when writing a sentence. It took him a week to be able to try to write one word on each blank. He actually reads pretty well, much better than you'd think from his handwriting. Instructions don't always register at first, but once he understands, he's fine. I am looking for suggestions to help his spacing while writing.

Oh, he was in a terrible accident as a toddler and wasn't expected to live and had lots of glass pulled out of his brain. He's doing well physically and uses glasses when reading/writing. His mom doesn't make him use them all the time, but it's obvious he does need then all the time. The glasses stay at school, only going home on weekends. If he's reading at home, he's not using them.

I've been telling him to squeeze the letters in words closer together. An example...
T o m m y h a s a d o g.


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Old 12-05-2014, 02:28 PM
 
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Use a popsicle stick between the words (Mr. Spacey). If he writes small, a regular sized one, if he writes large, a tongue depressor sized one...
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I will get a popsicle stock. Using his finger hasn't worked.
How do I encourage him to not leave space between letters in words? Is this a sign of 'something'?
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spaghetti and meatballs
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I use the visual of spaghetti spaces between letters in words and meatball spaces between words. You could even bring in a photo of a meatball and a piece of uncooked spaghetti. It seems to help my kiddos with the idea though I still walk around to remind them.
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Spaghetti and meatballs are great visuals. Thank you!


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What about paper like this??

http://www.printablepaper.net/preview/stop-and-go_wide

http://www.printablepaper.net/previe...-and-go_narrow

You could copy it very lightly, so the lines were just faintly there to guide him in spacing each letter, and then leaving a whole blank space between each word.
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That paper is interesting! I'm going to print some and try it myself. Thanks.
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Graph paper. It's magic.
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:50 AM
 
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I appreciate ALL these comments! I am well armed for Monday.
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finger space writing paper and stickers..
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[Sparklebox] literally has a downloadable template that is aptly called:

Finger space Writing frame. Reference SB227
It literally has fingers between boxes so kiddos "get" the concept. Yep free, google site and save/print.

I have also used cheap stickers and given students "x" amount to write with to also help them understand and grasp the idea of leaving a space between words. It is a physical and tangible and FUN activity.
I can also quickly assess if students get the concept or are using them between EACH LETTER, ugh, lol.

There is also a font you can download which uses boxes sized for each letter. The actual name of this concept is elkonian boxes. But the fonts are found at: dafontdotcom, KGTeacher tff
I know its a tardy response, but maybe it can be a resource for later.



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Thank you. I will see about this.
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:04 PM
 
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I do not have any new ideas on spacing that haven't been given. Finger spacing/popsicle sticks often work. My question is, does this child understand the difference between a letter and a word? If you give him a sentence and say "circle each word" can he do it? Last year I had first graders make snowball sentences by writing a word on each paper circle and then linking them together. With this activity I realized many of my students couldn't distinguish between a letter and a word. They had no concept for it. Even though they could write "I lik katz" and mostly space them correctly on a piece of paper they couldn't write the same sentence each word on a snowball. I had to actually model how to write the sentence, circle each word, then transfer it onto snowballs. It's possible he's missing some basic phonemic awareness skills. I'd make sure he can distinguish letters, sounds in a word, syllables, and words in a sentence as these are all very import prereqs for reading well.
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Does your student understand the concept of a word? A sentence? Perhaps that needs to be revisited. In Kindergarten (as well as in first grade for some kids) I used to write complete sentences on some tag board, or just on a piece of paper, and read it with the student while the student pointed to each word. Then I would cut the sentence strip up and let the student put the words back into a sentence. I also would have the student clap for each word as I read the sentence.
Once the student can distinguish words, you can use the suggestions of the PPs.

Oops, I just read Lillybabe's response. She already said what I wanted to say.

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Old 12-28-2014, 05:15 PM
 
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I appreciate all the excellent ideas listed in this thread!
Yes, this student has demonstrated that he can tell the difference in letters and words. I don't remember if I mentioned this in the OP, but he was in a terrible accident as a baby and it sounded like 'they' were giving up on him at a young age. I have been completely shocked with what the child can do. He reads well (before Christmas, anyway, and I sure hope he's practicing these weeks!) and can do math in his head, but what he knows doesn't always show up on paper.
I have used some of the ideas listed on this thread and he immediately showed improvement. He now has to unlearn the bad habit of running all his letters together. When he's not in a hurry, he can do it.
Thanks again. I hope others find good ideas here as I did.
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