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Old 07-07-2018, 05:47 AM
 
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I have a student whom is having a difficult time writing a sentence. She can decode words, but when she makes a sentence she mixes two words in one. For example, if I dictate "I want a drink.", she will write I wad adik.

Strategies I have tried are:

1. Copy a sentence I write.
2. Counting how many words we need to write.
3. Hop the words we need to separate/write.

It's been a month a half I have been tutoring her and she is having a hard time grasping this. Unless, the only other thing I can think of, is that it is developmental and she will eventually get it.



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Have her touch a finger as she says each word in the sentence. Then ...
As she repeats her sentence again have her with your help draw a line on the paper for each word. Then have her touch each line as she says the words.

Then have her say and write one word at a time on the lines.

Eventually she should be able to draw lines herself. Really important for her to say the words as she writes.

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Have you ever tested her on Dolch words ? How is her speech fluency ? Many Dolch words can not be sounded out . Have you worked on blends and diagraphs along with word families ? “ink” pink , sink, stink, drink. Have her look for mini words inside of words . What little word do you see in “ ink” —— in. Now you can add the “k”... now “ ink”.... now add the “dr” — drink. Hope this helps . Many students are visual and need to see the correlation. Good Luck!
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Language learner?
Hearing test ?
Phonemic awareness?
Age?
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6 years old.
Speaks spanish at home.
Passed hearing test...I think so. I'll confirm with K teacher.


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Old 07-09-2018, 02:31 PM
 
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She's pretty young so from what you say I would :


have her track the writing as both of you read what is written


you write or she writes track with your finger saying "word space word space word space" teaching over and over that each word needs a space after it or a punctuation mark


you modeling over and over


you pointing out the structure of a sentence as you both read books



because she is a language learner she is still training her brain to hear english sounds before she writes them. That is a heavy cognitive load


written composition is typically one year behind reading ability level so give her time
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How long has she been developing English?
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It's pretty common for those just exposed to a new language to not be able to find the "edges" of words--she see where one stops and the other begins.

Have you dictated the sentence and then given her one word at a time?

She may indeed be "hearing" the English words in their closest Spanish equivalent sounds--or pronouncing them to herself and ending up exaggerating the sounds (especially consonant sounds) so that they morph into a different sound.

I agree with more time for her and lots of water drinking for you I had a friend who used taking a drink of water from a bottle to give wait time after asking a question--it worked well. Of course, one child observed that asking questions seemed to make her thirsty.
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