As emerging writers venture into the world of writing sentences, they’ll encounter many challenges. One of the most challenging parts of writing a sentence is including spaces between words.
Whether the spaces are too narrow, too big, or nonexistent, we see a wide range of print as kids approximate, approximate, approximate.
Not unlike any other skill, some writers will show proficiency with this more quickly than others. For this reason, it’s important to practice spacing in whole-class minilessons and interactive writing sessions, and provide further support in conferences and small groups.
Before planning a strategy lesson or preparing a tool for a writer (no matter the skill), it’s important to do some research, questioning, What’s making it tricky for this child?
Kids struggle with spacing for different reasons. Writers may be: